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This paper analyzes organizations that organize immigrant women to address issues in the workplace. Strategizing differences and policy goals will be analyzed in order to assess which strategies have acquired lasting policy changes that benefit immigrant women. Two organizations in California and Minnesota that are representative of the different types of groups that organize women immigrant workers will be examined. These groups were selected because they have a strong media presence, which facilitated the collection of data through content analysis of news articles, organization websites, and social media. The Minnesota organizations include La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles and Mesa Latina. These are both fairly new organizations that aim for change at different policy levels for immigrant women workers. The California organizations I will compare them to are Asian Immigrant Women Advocates and the Garment Worker Center. These groups both focus on local demands and are prominent organizations that organize immigrant women. My findings reinforce Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward’s thesis that changing policies in the workplace with positive outcomes requires collective acts of disruption in the workplace


This paper earned second place in the Sociologists of Minnesota Caroline Rose Student Paper Competition. The paper was presented at the Sociologists of Minnesota 2016 Annual Conference, held at St. Cloud State University, 29-30 September 2016. Stephen Philion was the faculty sponsor.

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