The Industrial Revolution increased the gulf between middle-class women and working-class women in many ways. Both groups of women were oppressed during this period. Middle-class women were excluded from economic activities and were confined to their homes. They raised their voice for better education, access to meaningful work and the right to vote. At the same time, working-class women, who contributed to the income of the household by working in factories and mills, protested demanding better salary and working conditions.