Dolores Huerta: Cesar Chavez' partner in founding the United Farm Workers union in California

Only recently have women had the opportunity to hold positions of leadership in unions. In fact, by 1993 there were only three women presidents of national unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). One of the first women involved in union leadership was Delores Huerta who co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) union with Cesar Chavez. This paper will present a brief study of the challenges women have faced in achieving leadership in unions and an overview of the contributions of Dolores Huerta to the UFW.