Activist and leader Dolores Huerta has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers in addition to fighting to end discrimination.

She created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues her efforts to improve the lives of workers, immigrants and women.

In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. The $100,000 award provided her the means to create the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the purpose of which is to help train and develop social justice organizations in low-income communities. 

In 1998, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award, a year before she stepped down from her position at United Farm Workers.

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