Do you know the name Dolores Huerta? I didn’t. But we should.
She is the daughter of a farm worker/miner father and entrepreneurially minded mother. She became a mother and a teacher, then an activist.
Some might be scared away by the political bent of her passion. Not everyone wants to talk about the issues she fights for. That’s not why we’re talking about her today, though; we’re talking about her because, regardless of politics, she’s an example of someone who rose above the norm to fight for others. She has spent more than 60 years fighting for women, children, and the poor. She has received the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and in 2012 the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Her fire was stoked when she was a teacher:
She’s a proud feminist, an outspoken leader for those whose voices often go unheard, and an Everyday Hero to many.
Why are we talking about an activist on an education website? This is why.
Students can learn more about Dolores Huerta and her life’s work by reading Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers (ages 6-8) and Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez (ages 4-8).