The article that this quote is pulled from is called “Rocking the Cradle: Downsizing the New England Family” by Gloria L. Main. The article is all about the downsizing of families in New England in the 1780’s. Many couples were waiting longer to have children and having less of them all together. One could say that this “industrializing” women’s work at home. Machines such as the one mentioned above made work more efficient. Efficiency leads to productivity which leads to more money being made as a weaver. A farmers wife would most likely already be doing this job anyways because he would be taking care of the crops and cattle, while she used the vegetation and animal products for her work.
(1) Gloria L. Main, “Rocking the Cradle: Downsizing the New England Family,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 37 (Summer 2006): 55