In a world where women are constantly fighting for equality, it is important to recognize the unsung heroes who paved the way for where we are today. One of them is Dolores Huerta, a civil rights activist and labor leader who dedicated her life and career fighting for the rights of workers. She was instrumental in co-founding one of the largest unions in the United States and advocating for better wages and working conditions for farmworkers.
Born on April 10, 1930, in New Mexico, Huerta grew up in California where she was exposed to the social and economic struggles faced by farmworkers. In 1960, she co-founded the Agricultural Workers Association, which later merged with the National Farm Workers Association to form United Farm Workers (UFW), the largest union for farmworkers in the US. During her tenure as a leader, she organized countless strikes and boycotts that led to collective bargaining agreements and better working conditions for tens of thousands of farmworkers. Her fearless advocacy earned her numerous awards and recognition, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, the highest civilian honor in the US.
Huerta was not just a labor activist but also a champion of women's rights and racial equality. She fought to empower Latina women to take on leadership roles in their communities and lobbied for equal pay and opportunities. She was often met with pushback, both from the male-dominated leadership of the union and from outsiders who believed that farmworkers' struggle was not worthy of their attention. Despite the challenges, Huerta persisted, and her work had a profound impact on social justice movements in the US.
Later, Huerta expanded her activism to include issues like voter registration and healthcare reform. She founded the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which provides leadership training and community organizing assistance to marginalized groups. She remains an outspoken critic of political corruption and corporate greed, calling for reforms to the broken system that perpetuates inequality.
Dolores Huerta's legacy as an activist is one of determination, resilience, and fearlessness. She fought for the rights of marginalized groups, outlined the crucial work of Latina women in leadership, and empowered people who are not always prioritized. Her work has had a far-reaching impact on the US labor movement and set the groundwork for future generations of social justice activists. We take inspiration from her life and know that the fight for equality is also in our hands. By using our collective voices, we create the dragonfly effect, where the cumulative effect of our small actions lead to massive transformations. Our In Her Shoes collection was created to honor the many women like Huerta that have shown us how to use our voices to make change!
Shop the In Her Shoes collection and when you open the bottle, open up a conversation about the women you admire for their bravery and activism, and how each of you can help make the world a more equitable place for all.