From your Syllabus:
Either by yourself or in groups of 2-3 (your choice), you will work on a paper focusing on the exploitative labor conditions faced by a particular group of exploited workers where most of the people doing the work are women, especially migrant women. This will be complemented by a discussion of the social/cultural/economic factors that pushed the workers to take on such dangerous work in the first place.
Try to choose a group of workers that fall under the broader categories of factory workers, farm workers, domestic workers, or reproductive laborers. (If you’re interested in a different category of workers beyond these, talk to me in advance about your topic and make sure you can connect some of the course material to their experiences.)
You will organize your paper into five distinct sections/parts:
What's your research plan? Here's an example:
1. The migration piece: where are women migrating from and why?
a. You may already be familiar with a particular country from your course readings. A good library resource for getting an overview of the issues facing women arranged by country is: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide.
b. Check for books on women and migration by searching by subject. Although books are not required sources, they will contain bibliographies full of excellent articles that you can use. Some subjects to try:
2. Issues faced by a particular group of migrant women through their work. Use the information gathered from your background research to hone in on specific issues:
3. Finding a related social movement organization working on the cause - search through databases of social justice organization and ngo's (Activist Organizations tab)