Because of the boycotts and protests organized by Dolores and the union, several laws were passed, and contracts were drawn up to ensure better conditions for farm workers. One of the most famous boycotts held by the union was the 1965 Delano strike, where thousands of grape workers went on strike until they could negotiate proper contracts.
Another grape boycott in 1975 led by Dolores led up to the passing of the Labor Relations Act of 1975, which legally allowed farmers to form unions and bargain for better contracts.
In 1988, Dolores suffered grave injuries after being beaten at a protest against the policies of presidential candidate George H. W. Bush before he was elected into office. After a lengthy recovery, she took a break from the union and focused on women’s rights issues.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Dolores supported and worked on the political campaigns of Hispanic women, encouraging more to run for office.
In 2002, she founded the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which strives to provide young people with leadership opportunities, education, and development. Today, she is still heavily involved in the foundation as its president alongside her daughter, Camila Chavez.
Throughout her outstanding career, Dolores has won a series of impressive awards. She’s been given around 15 honorary doctorates, a Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama, and four schools have been named after her.
Today, at 93, Dolores still stays politically active and dedicates her life to helping others and giving a voice to the voiceless.
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