Women's Activism NYC

Dolores Huerta

1930 - Today

By: Preston F | Date Added:

Dolores Huerta started the Community Service Organization in Stockton, Calif., designed to improve lives of the Latinx community in 1955. Five years later, Huerta co-founded the Agricultural Workers Association, aimed at registering members to vote. In 1962, Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later called the United Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee) with César Chávez. In 1965, Huerta and Chávez organized the Delano grape strike, which lasted five years and obtained fair wages and working conditions for farm workers. Among many other issues, Huerta also lobbied for the 1960 bill to permit Spanish-speaking people to take the California driver’s test in Spanish, 1963 legislation to extend the federal program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), to ban pesticide DDT in 1972, to California farm workers and the 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act. She’s actively fought not just for the rights of workers and Latinx community members, but also for women’s rights and political representation. https://doloreshuerta.org/doloreshuerta

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