Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and a political activist. She was the co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which has since become the United Farm Workers. She has helped to found or worked on behalf of other organizations and causes. She has, also, received multiple awards.
Dolores Clara Fernandez was born in 1930 in Dawson, New Mexico. She has two brothers, but her parents divorced when she was three years old. She was then raised by her mother in a farm worker community in Stockton, California. Her mother was involved with their community and church. Her mother, also, owned a restaurant and hotel where she often helped others. Her mother was the inspiration for Dolores’ later work helping others. Dolores graduated from Stockton High School where she was a community activist and Girl Scout. Dolores then attended the University of the Pacifics’s Stockton College. She earned her provisional teaching certificate and worked at a grammar school until she felt compelled to help marginalized communities.
In 1955, Dolores started fighting for economic improvements for Latinos by co-founding the Stockton Chapter of the Community Service Organization. In 1960, she went on to co-found the National Farm Workers Association. This has since become the United Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee. She was able to work on behalf of workers in agricultural fields. She has worked on behalf of California and federal laws.
In 1988, Dolores was severally beaten by San Francisco police during a peaceful protest. This led to a judgment on her behalf that she used to help farm workers. This, also, led to positive changes in the SFPD. During her recovery, she began focusing on women’s rights issues. She began working on behalf of Feminization of Power: 50/50 by the Year 2000 Campaign. She, also, served as the National Chair of the 21st Century Party.
In 2002, Dolores founded the Dolores Huerta Foundation to engage and develop community leaders. The DHF works to promote policies on health & the environment, education & youth development, and economic development among other things.
Dolores has received many honors including the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and honorary degrees. Dolores was married twice and had another significant relationship as well. During these relationships, she had eleven children.
She continues to work for things she believes in and was an honorary co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. Be inspired! Have a bright day!