Denise A. Segura and Patricia Zavella
Women and Migration

A newly published volume of articles on women and migration was shaped in part by two binational symposia that UC MEXUS and CONACYT funded, according to the two UC professors who edited the collection.

Inspired by the debates at the symposia, UC Santa Cruz in 19991 and Guadalajara2 in 2001, UC Santa Barbara Professor Denise A. Segura and UC Santa Cruz Professor Patricia Zavella assembled 23 essays into a reader that addresses the sea change of social transformations that affect women in the borderlands between Mexico and the United States. The book, Women and Migration in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Reader, Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2007, examines the relatively new phenomenon of the large-scale migration of women within Mexico and from Mexico to the United States. Although the level of women migrants now almost equals that of men, they note that the phenomenon has not been well examined in migration studies until now.

In assembling the essays, the editors committed themselves to a binational approach that would incorporate U.S. and Mexican perspectives on women on either side of the border. Scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines examine the socioeconomic forces that propel Mexican women into the migrant stream and shape their employment options. They also study the changes that these women are making in homes, families and communities, and the social and cultural challenges they confront within the economic, social, cultural and political interstices of the two countries.

Information on the book is available at or from the editors. Denise A. Segura, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, can be reached at, 805-893-4761. Patricia Zavella, a professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, can be reached at, (831) 459-4182.

1 "Mexican Women in Transnational Context: Labor, Family and Migration."
2 "Mujeres Migrantes Mexicanas en Contextos Transnacionales: Trabajo, Familia y Actividades Políticos-Comunitarias," sponsored by El Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social de Occidente (CIESAS).