Common sense suggests obtaining a job will increase one’s quality of life. However, in the rural areas of Central America, this is not the case. A job, as defined in a global capitalist system, may not increase a woman’s quality of life becauseit comes in conglict with her tradtional and culturalidentity Second, in the global capitalist system, a higher demand for “female” manufacturing jobs has been created while these jobs are simultaneously devalued. The increase in work demand with simultaneous devaluing of the work demanded leads to poor working conditions.
These poor working conditions can actually lead a women to a worse living situation than she would have had in a traditional role/community where she did not have a “job” (in the global capitalist sense). This phenomenon is displayed in the documentary, MAQUILAPOLIS [city of factories]. A trailer is available here. While women in these situations are living in poor conditions, they are still strong and vibrant people, able to fight for themselves when their rights have been violated by multinational elite corporations. Carmen is one of these women. As a factory worker in Tijuana, Carmen felt her rights had been violated. Consequently she took on the large television manufacturer which had violated her rights.