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Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Zayde Antrim


Nations around the world praise globalization as beneficial for today’s global capital. However, the economic policies of neo-liberalism, such as free trade and deregulation, have led to the exploitation of women factory workers, by disregarding not only their labor rights but also human rights in export processing zones. The neoliberal policies driving capitalism disregard the disproportionate advancement of the populations and governments of the First World, while putting women factory workers at risk in the developing world. However, women factory workers have placed themselves at the forefront of resistance, strategically using modes of active resistance to achieve transformative change. They refuse to accept their position as victims of the negative effects of globalization but instead put up a courageous, admirable fight.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Accessible to members of the Trinity community only.