During the Industrial Revolution, children were forced by poverty to work in factories. The factories were horrible, but many associations and people fought for the children's rights that they should not be subjected to certain situations. The factory owners took advantage of the fact that the children had to work to support their families and that their tiny bodies could fit into places that adults could not. Many lives were lost or damaged for that reason. Females were also taken for granted because they, too, worked for a cheaper salary than a male would. Thanks to all of the people that fought for children, laws were made and ratified, minimum age laws were intact, and children were able to get an education rather than spend their time working. Many children never experienced a "real childhood" because they had no opportunity to play, they only had the opportunity to work.