There are many undocumented women in the United States. These women have to overcome plenty of obstacles. They have to deal with multifaceted hardships. They often integrate into the workforce, and they do this without driver’s licenses or access to social services. They deal with anxiety from the stress of deportation, wage stealing, and sexual harassment in addition to the other hardships that have to deal with gender and social economic stressors. With all these obstacles they manage to push forward and as they progress, they become essential to our society.
Immigrant women in the U.S. do a lot to move forward and better their situation. They hold a variety of Jobs. About a third work in business, science, management, and art while others work in service occupations, and about a quarter do sales and office work. Women from El Salvador, the Philippines, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, and Colombia have a higher rate of participation in the labor force than U.S.-born women. This is much different than the way they are portrayed in movies and TV as menial workers.
The reality is that nearly a third of immigrant women over twenty-five have bachelor’s degrees. They are highly motivated to get educated and are hard and determined workers. They often achieve these things while holding traditional roles within the family structure. Immigrant women are also crucial to our education system with more than 358,000 working as Secondary School, Special Education, and Pre School teachers.
In addition to their great contribution to the U.S. workforce, they also have additional contributions in their support for their children and husbands. The immigrant woman has for decades worked to keep the U.S. and their families running. They are much more than the stereotypes that many people have of them, and they have permeated all levels of our society.
Abraham Cepeda, Attorney at Law