Women Working in the Maquiladoras in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

By: Janna Webb

ISB Capstone Seminar-Spring 2003

Wofford College

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

Robert F. Kennedy

The maquiladora situation in Mexico is an extremely complicated problem to which there are many answers and solutions. Some people argue for maquilas, but many others curse the businesses and laborers who clothe, transport, and connect us today. My goal in this project is educate whoever reads this about the many complications surrounding those oppressed, overworked workers (mostly women) in Mexico. This is my rock thrown into the massive body of water. My tiny ripple which I hope will spread, creating a current that can one day solve this problem.

Janna Webb




Globalization and how maquilas impact the economy

People working in maquilas

The killings in Ciudad Juárez

Statistics on Juárez

Environmental issues

Corporate views on maquiladoras