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Women's History Month

Dolores Huerta

A Woman of Influence

During Women’s History Month we honor Dolores Huerta, one of California’s most influential women leaders. Huerta’s fight for human rights and social justice is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s and ‘70s. Her passionate and effective activism influenced American history and became a model for generations of women, men and youth to follow.

Join us to connect with Huerta’s remarkable story during a multi-media virtual event presented by the Smithsonian Institute and Bakersfield College.

Enjoy a virtual tour of “Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos,” a Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit Service. The tour combines bilingual text, reproductions of historic and personal photographs, graphic elements. A free “tour companion” mobile app offers interviews with Huerta and a bilingual documentary video.

The virtual exhibit tour explores Huerta’s roles as an organizer, negotiator, publicist and educator, and her early influences on the United Farm Workers movement alongside fellow organizers, César Chávez and Larry Itliong. Her words, “Si se puede!” became the watchwords of UFW efforts to ensure fair labor practices, fair wages, safe working and living conditions, and healthcare benefits for farm workers.

Don’t miss Dolores Huerta in conversation with Dr. Taína Caragol

March 25th at 3:00 PM - A Free Zoom Event

Register Now While Spaces are Available: Dolores Huerta will talk about her life and work with Dr. Taína Caragol, Curator of Latino Art & History at the Smithsonian Institution. This Zoom event is co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the Wylie and May Louise Jones Art Gallery at Bakersfield College, and the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities at Bakersfield College.

Dolores Huerta’s Lifelong Leadership

Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, Huerta worked as a lobbyist to improve workers’ legislative representation. During the 1990s and 2000s, she worked to elect more Latinos and women to political office, and she continues to champion women’s issues. Huerta holds honorary degrees from nine universities and is the namesake of numerous public schools. She received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award (1998), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2012), and was inducted into National Women’s Hall of fame (1993) and the California Hall of Fame (2013).

Learn More about Dolores Huerta:

Visit the Dolores Huerta Foundation for updates on her work and guest appearances.

Watch “Dolores,” an award-winning documentary, directed and produced by Peter Bratt; Exec Producer, Carlos Santana. (fee)

Listen to NPR’s “All Things Considered” - Host Michel Martin interviews Dolores Huerta (2017).

Get books for young readers: Dolores Huerta Stands Strong, and



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