She is a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, (which became the United Farm Workers or UFW).
Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers’, immigrants’, and womens’ rights, including the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rightsand the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
She was a leader in the United Farm Worker’s 1965 grape boycott, which brought attention to the plight of migrant workers. The boycott forced California’s grape industry to sign a “collective bargaining agreement with the union, the first time farm workers had been able to achieve such a feat.”
Huerta is also a feminist and early on “consciously began to challenge gender discrimination within the farm workers movement.”
She has accumulated numerous honors throughout her life, and at the age of 81, continues her activism as the President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.