Dolores Huerta is a Latina Icon! She is a true example of what our girls should look up to for a role model and is an exemplary woman for the Latino community. She is a civil rights activist and a labor leader. She has been advocating from an early age, fighting for the equality for the economic statuses within the Latino community. She has also been a champion in encouraging Latina woman to get involved in politics, believing that officers should reflect the ethnic diversity of the nation.
Here are some interesting facts about her:
- She delivered a victory speech for Robert Kennedy after winning the Democratic presidency election. She stood very close to him as he was shot at and later died.
- She has been arrested 22 times for participating in non-violent civil disobedience activities and strikes.
- In 1988, she was severely beaten by the San Francisco police during a peaceful protest of then candidate George H W Bush. The beating was captured on television for the nation to see. This incident would later lead to the changes in San Francisco’s policies in crowd control and how officer are disciplined.
- She has schools named after her in California, Texas, and Colorado! (very cool)
- She is the proud mother of eleven children