Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2014

Capstone Advisor

Doctor David J. Robinson

Honors Reader

Doctor Francine D’Amico

Capstone Major

International Relations

Capstone College

Citizenship and Public Affairs

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Other International and Area Studies


The maquila industry in Latin America has received much attention due to its predominant presence in Mexico and several Central American countries. Numerous studies explore the nuances of the maquila industry in Mexico, yet few studies focus on other nations. This project concentrates on Honduras, the country where I was raised for eighteen years. Many Communities affected by this industry believe maquila owners prefer to employ young women over male applicants. This is also true for Honduras. Many scholars believe the owners’ motives lie behind the so-called docility characteristic of these young females. Critics of the industry argue that maquilas in Honduras permit inhumane abuses of young women and girls. On the other hand, supporters argue that maquilas offer financial independence to thousands of women who would otherwise grapple with poverty and a lack of resources. This study investigates the industry and its effects on Honduran women and society overall. It rejects all preconceived notions that envelop maquilas and focuses on structural issues that surround the country. If the maquila industry is unfair, it is only because Honduras currently finds itself struggling with corruption, violence, and other circumstances that hinder many processes from becoming full-fledged industries that will benefit the country and its citizens, not just foreign investors.

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