Employers usually employed uneducated, untrained, young women and children because they were willing to work for extremely low wages. This allowed companies to maximize their profit, as they were spending very little for the work that was done for them.
Working conditions were brutal in some cases; overcrowded, hot, dirty, and hazardous.
Women mostly worked on weaving fabric and sewing for wages as low as $2.20, where=as men did much dirtier, physically demanding work.
Currently, workplaces focus much more on the safety and well being of employees- from office therapist, to health benefits, to enjoyable working places with much more equal opportunities.
A lot of jobs today provide health and retirement benefits, along with vacation days and weekends off.
There are much less restrictions, when it comes to gender, in relation the places one may want to work.