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Women on the Border

is a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to advance awareness about the conditions for workers and families in the maquiladoras at the Mexican border and to support the empowerment of working women.  All of the materials on this website are aimed at helping researchers, activists and allies of workers in the struggle for fair and just treatment in the global factories of the world.  Wherever possible we try to gather unique stories from the voices of the workers themselves. We do not identify some workers by last name in places where reprisal may ensue from publicizing their concerns about injustice in the maquiladoras.



What is a maquiladora?

A maquiladora is also known as a “sweatshop” or factory that has a reputation for exploiting workers with extremely low pay, toxicity in the workplace, systematic abuse like sexual harassment and mandatory pregnancy testing and/or arbitrary methods of disciplining workers.


Where the women live
Where the women work
What the wages buy