Dolores Huerta was born as Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, New Mexico. Huerta was raised in Stockton, CA. She is a Mexican-American civil rights activist, feminist, educator, and labor leader. As a teacher, Huerta noticed her students were in dire poverty. She realized the parents of her pupils were migrant workers suffering economic injustices and decided to get to the root of the problem. This prompted her to take action. She found the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and cofounded the United Farm Workers (UFW) union in 1962 with César Chávez and Fred Ross, Sr. Her goal was to improve the lives of women and migrant workers working slave labor. She is known for being a skilled organizer and tough negotiator.
The Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, which was passed due to Huerta's influence and that of activists like her granted farm workers in CA the right to fight for better working conditions and wages. She has been acknowledged by political leaders such as Senator Robert F. Kennedy who publicly thanked her for her support and President Barack Obama who admits he stole her slogan, "Si se puede!" widely used in his presidential campaign in English as, "Yes we can!"
Dolores Huerta has also worked alongside feminist, Gloria Steinem. Huerta fought gender discrimination within the farm workers' field and encouraged Latinas to run for office. Her dedication for fighting social injustices has led her to facing many obstacles and arrests. She has been a victim of police brutality that nearly cost her her life resulting in four broken ribs and a damaged spleen. It was a long recovery. This hasn't stopped Huerta who is now in her eighties and continues combatting discrimination as courageously as she did 50 years ago. Her work has gained deserving recognition. Huerta has won many prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 awarded to her by President Obama. And was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2013.