Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963879 | Print ISBN: 9781412926942 | Online ISBN: 9781412963879| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Huerta, Dolores C. (1930–)
Karen S. Boyd
Dolores C. Huerta was raised in a family of activists, followed the family tradition throughout her long and active life, and continues to act on issues important to Mexican Americans. Known as an important advocate for La Raza, probably her best-known activism was her work with farmworkers and cofounding the United Farm Workers (UFW) union with César Chávez. Her activism began before the UFW and has continued since with other causes that benefit the rights of farm laborers as well as women and immigrants. The establishment and protection of the rights of those Huerta perceives to be without a voice in the United States continues to be her mission in life. This entry describes her life and work. Huerta was born to Juan Fernandez and Alicia Chávez Fernandez on April 10, 1930, during the Great Depression, in Dawson, a small mining town in the northern part of New Mexico. She ...