The Ten Hours Act was made to ensure that women and children only worked up to 10 hours a day in factories. This would now make their maximum schedule 10 hours of work on each weekday, Saturdays 8 hours, and off Sundays. In total, this limited the work time per week to 63 hours. This act was passed by Lord Ashley and John Fielden. This bill was not passed on it's first attempt though. The Ten Hours Act caused a lot of controversy and was finally passed after numerous attempts, in 1847. During the time before the Act was passed, Lord Ashley had resigned and Fielden was left to take soul responsibility. Being that he was a factory owner himself, Fielden worked his hardest to make sure that the Ten Hours Act was finally passed. This Act was a major turning point for all factory workers ages 13-18 because it has now given them a solid work schedule. With the passing of these Acts child labors now had some better rights, but all of these changes did not automatically happen right away.