Saskia Sassen maintains that there is a systemic relationship between globalization and ‘the incorporation of Third World women into wage employment on a scale that can be seen as representing a new phase in the history of women’ (Sassen 1998: 111). Immigration is one of the prime mechanisms for this incorporation, as evidenced by the Mexican case. Many Mexican women participate in paid labour for the first time upon migrating to the United States (hereafter the US), where they accept wages and working conditions that are usually unacceptable to other sectors of the US labour force.