After Work - Socialization
Hosiery factories were a unique place in that they both promoted socialization and inherently prevented it. Women socialized with each other on lunch breaks, coffee breaks, and even while waiting for the bus home. They talked to each other about their work – what they liked, what they didn’t like – their families, and their problems. There was generally a sense of comradery amongst these women as they were in similar life situations and could empathize with each other. At the same time, socializing while working was near impossible. The fast paced work environment, noisy machines, and separation by machines discouraged women from slacking off during working hours. Nonetheless, life long friendships were made in these factories.