Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies


Global Studies

First Advisor

Richard Harris

Second Advisor

Ajit K. Abraham


The United States of America (USA) is consider a nation of immigrants. However, in reality, only a few categories of immigrants benefit from the so called “American Dream”, which promises freedom, equality, and the opportunity for a better life. Immigrant women, who participate in the workforce, face major obstacles to achieve the American Dream. Female immigrant workers experience double discrimination due to their gender and their non-native-born status. Their place of origin plays a major role in determining the economic opportunities and wages of female immigrants. Female immigrant workers generally have lower earnings than native-born women. This capstone project report focuses on the major determinants of the low wages received by female immigrants. The objective of this research is to find out why female immigrant workers earn less than other workers. Additionally, this report looks at the organizations that are trying to solve the problem of inequality in the workforce. This topic is important because the members of a nation that welcomes people from all over the world, should be aware of how this country is neglecting half of their immigrant population.

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