Born in Dawson, New Mexico, in 1930, Chicana activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta stood up for farm workers, and in the process fought for POC, Latinxs, women, and all of humanity. Alongside the equally-iconic Chicano activist Cesar Chavez, Huerta didn’t allow anyone to stop their momentum and desire to have farm workers treated with fairness and respect. Because of her, changes were made in government to protect laborers’ rights, workers felt more comfortable striking, and contracts were drawn up that finally gave field workers a desperately-needed voice.
Dolores Huerta is a legend. Her image is emblazoned on T-shirts, posters, and any other item that needs a hero on it. She is considered a hero of the people, and a source of major orgullo Chicano and Latino. You know her name, recognize her face and know more or less why we celebrate Dolores on the daily. But in an effort to know more than what’s on the surface of our Latinx icons, we wanted to commemorate May Day, also known as International Workers Day (May 1), by also celebrating Dolores Huerta with some knowledge on her life and work. Here are 15 things you should know about the iconic, legendary Latina Dolores Huerta.