Dolores Huerta is known for her work as an American labor leader in the twentieth century. In the 1960’s, Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association. Dolores led organized strikes and negotiated with business owners for higher wages, paid vacations, and other benefits. She was also a powerful female union leader that strived for new roles for women.
Dolores Huerta was born April 10 ,1930 in Dawson New Mexico. Dolores was the second child of Juan and Alicia Fernandez. By the time Dolores was three her parents divorced and Huerta moved to California with her mother and her other sibling. Dolores kept in touch with her father who later on became a union activist in New Mexico state. Her fathers actions is what eventually lead her to join the union.
In 1960 Dolores started the Agricultural workers association. The creation of this association helped set up voter registration and also allowed non-U.S. citizen migrant workers to receive public assistance and pensions. She also created Spanish speaking voter ballots and drivers tests. Dolores and another American Labor Leader who was well know among hie fellow peers. This man was Cesar Chavez who was the most popular labor rights leader in American history. Then in 1965 Dolores and Cesar Chavez joined forces to create the United Farm Workers Organizing.
Dolores was one of the most accomplished women in american history, and also in Mexican american history. Dolores would go on to receive multiple awards for her accomplishments in the United Farm Workers Organizing or in the Mexican american movement . Dolores would receive Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award, she was later inducted in the women Hall of Fame in 1993. To top it all of Dolores also receive the presidential medal of freedom. To this day Dolores Huerta remains a big political figure to the Mexican american community.
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