In honor of Women’s History Month, each week Culturas will be sharing five womxn of color who are noteworthy.
This week focuses on historical figures that history brushes over.
Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is best known for her work as an American labor leader and civil rights activist. Huerta was born April 10, 1930, in Dawson, New Mexico.
She co-founded the United Farmworkers Association (UFW). Huerta was honored with the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is the first Latina to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.
Huerta also coined the phrase “Si, se puede,” which roughly means “Yes, it can be done.” It became the rallying cry and motto of UFW. In California, April 10 is celebrated as Dolores Huerta Day.
Barbara Charline Jordan was a lawyer, educator and politician. Jordan was born in Houston, Texas February 21, 1936.
She was a leader during the Civil Rights Movement and the first African American elected to the Texas Senate post Reconstruction. A notable moment in her career was her opening statement at President Richard Nixon’s impeachment hearings. She was the first African American as well as the first woman to deliver a keynote address at the 1976 Democratic National Convention.
Wilma Pearl Mankiller was an American Cherokee activist, social worker and first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Mankiller was born November 18, 945 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Eleven-year-old Mankiller and her family were relocated to San Francisco as part of the Indian Relocation Act of 1956, which was an effort to remove Natives from their reservations to assimilate.
Mankiller returned to Oklahoma to become the economic stimulus coordinator for the Cherokee nation. She created the Community Development Department of the Cherokee Nation. During her time serving as Principal Chief, Mankiller established education initiatives, health clinics and job training programs. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1998.
Coretta Scott King