Activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farmworkers and to fight discrimination. To further her cause, she created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW).
She is credited with holding the union together after Chavez's death in 1993. Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues her efforts to improve the lives of workers, immigrants, and women.
Huerta continues to be recognized for her efforts to better the working conditions of workers and of humanity in general and has received numerous awards including the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights in 1998, the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship in 2002, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.