SHEro Series: Dolores Huerta
Updated: Jun 15
Dolores Huerta (1930 - ) is a lifelong labor rights activist and model citizen. Born in New Mexico in 1930, Huerta's life work has focused on economic improvement for Latinxs facing poverty and labor and union rights, especially for women and children. She, alongside her co-founders of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), popularized the motto "Si, se puede!" In the '60's and '70's, Huerta successfully lobbied for several significant pieces of legislation, including a bill responsible for the availability of the driver's exam in Spanish in the State of California, as well as the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which established farm-workers' right to collective bargaining (the first law of it's kind in the U.S.!). At 90, Dolores is still out actively working for fair treatment and opportunity for ALL.
Huerta's work has been recognized and honored over the years in the form of more than two dozen honorary doctorate degrees (from schools such as Princeton University, Mount Holyoke College, and multiple California State Universities), several impactful leadership positions, and many awards, including the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights from U.S. President Clinton n 1998, the Maggie Award from Planned Parenthood Federation in 2008, and the Ripple of Hope Award from the R.F. Kennedy Center in 2020. Additionally, April 10th is recognized in the State of California as Dolores Huerta Day.
Dolores Huerta (@doloreshuerta) is one of our #SHEroes because she has dedicated her life to fighting for dignity in the workplace, and the rights of underrepresented laborers, intentionally including people of all ages, races, genders, and backgrounds.
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