Jan 1 1993

With Jobs at Stake, Women are Ignored

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will disproportionately affect women, yet the voices of women workers have barely been heard in the main­stream media’s discussion of the pact. NAFTA’s most likely impact, according to the World Bank, will be on multina­tional corporations operating south of the U.S.-Mexico border and on those who work for them—predominantly women and girls. Multinationals already employ almost half a million people in Mexico, 70 percent to 80 percent of whom are women between the ages of 16 and 25. NAFTA may open up new job opportu­nities for these women, albeit in industries that pay […]