Examining the sexual harassment experiences of Mexican immigrant farmworking women

Violence Against Women. 2010 Mar;16(3):237-61. doi: 10.1177/1077801209360857. Epub 2010 Jan 21.


This study examined sexual harassment experiences of Mexican immigrant farmworking women (n = 150) employed on California farms. Of the estimated one million California farmworkers, 78% are Latino, mostly from Mexico, and 28% are women. Unlike gender-segregated worksites of Mexico, women farmworkers in the United States labor alongside men, facilitating harassment from coworkers and supervisors. Simultaneous sexist, racist, and economic discrimination are comparable to converging lanes of automobile traffic (Crenshaw, 2000) that women, standing at the intersections, manage to avoid harm. Findings highlight how discrimination shapes women's experiences and demonstrate the need for institutional policies to protect them.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Agriculture*
  • California
  • Emigrants and Immigrants
  • Employment*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mexico / ethnology
  • Middle Aged
  • Prejudice*
  • Prevalence
  • Sexual Harassment / ethnology*
  • Sexual Harassment / statistics & numerical data
  • Workplace
  • Young Adult