Dolores Huertaby Richard Worth
Dolores Huerta is considered one of the outstanding American labor leaders of the twentieth century. During the early 1960s, she and Cesar Chavez cofounded the National Farm Workers Association, forerunner of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). Huerta led strikes, organized demonstrations, and negotiated contracts with powerful growers on behalf of the UFW. Through her efforts, farmworkers, who are among the poorest people in American society, have achieved higher wages, paid vacations, and health-care benefits. Even before the women's movement began in the 1970s, Huerta pioneered new roles for women. She was among the few powerful female union leaders and one of the only Hispanic women to achieve such an important position.
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