Dolores Huerta, president and founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation & co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, honored by global women’s leadership organization
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta received the Global ATHENA Leadership Award at the Global Action Summit in Nashville. Huerta is the subject of the Sundance award winning film “Dolores”, to be aired by PBS Independent Lens in February 2018.
The Global ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to an exceptional woman leader who demonstrates professional excellence, gives back to her community, assists other women in realizing their full leadership potential and has created an international impact on the lives of women.
ATHENA International supports, honors and develops women leaders, and inspires them to reach their full leadership potential. Athena International founder Martha Mertz will present the award with the organization’s president Andrea Connor. “Huerta gained a reputation as a skilled organizer and tough negotiator while fiercely advocating for racial and social justice; one of the ATHENA leadership principles” said Connor.
Huerta now joins a list of ATHENA honorees that includes Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Pat Summit, Sally Ride, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Marlo Thomas, and Laura Liswood.
About Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and community organizer. She has worked for civil rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962 she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as vice-president and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in l998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
Ms. Huerta’s Nashville trip was made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Tennessee AFL-CIO, the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council, the United Steelworkers Union, District 9 and the South Central Laborers Council.