Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Stephanie McMurtrie


California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is a nonprofit program of legal aid to help California's low-income individuals and communities. The project focuses on Monterey County pregnant farm working women to learn the challenges they face while working in the fields. Like exposure to pesticides and other harmful chemicals that affect their pregnancy and challenges in receiving State Disability Insurance (SDI). As a result of my interviews, the women all worked in the fields while pregnant, and they believe they have been exposed to pesticides. I also asked if they got SDI during their pregnancy 66.7% answered yes, and 33.3% answered no. The same result as if they had any trouble getting SDI. I hope with the information I collected we can bring more awareness to address the issue and give the information to people in power to help make positive changes for the people who shared their stories with us.