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Dolores Huerta 1930-
Leader of the National Farm Workers Association

When Dolores Huerta was a child, her mother taught her to care for other people. Huerta became a teacher, but she wanted to do more to help others.

Huerta met a man named Cesar Chavez. He came from a family of farm workers. He cared about how farm workers were treated at work. Huerta and Chavez started a group in California called the National Farm Workers Association. This group makes sure that farm workers are treated fairly at work. It helps workers get better pay. Dolores Huerta is a strong leader because she helps make the lives of farm workers better.

Comprehension Check

Why is Dolores Huerta a strong leader?

Critical Thinking

Why do you think it is important that farm workers are treated fairly at work?