Book Review: Dolores Huerta Stands Strong: The Woman Who Demanded Justice by Marlene Targ Brill

Title: Dolores Huerta Stands Strong: The Woman Who Demanded Justice  
Author: Marlene Targ Brill
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Year: 2018
Ages: 8+

Marlene Targ Brill, an award-winning author of more than seventy books, tells the life story of the indomitable activist Dolores Huerta in Dolores Huerta Stands Strong: The Woman Who Demanded Justice. Middle-graders get to know how a teacher, tired of seeing her poor students hungry and dirty, embarked on a life dedicated to fighting for the rights of farmworkers, immigrants, women, and LGTB community. The book focuses on her activism and lobbying for the rights of farmworkers while explaining the historical context in which Dolores fought these political battles.

Dolores Huerta’s life story left me stunned. Alongside Cesar Chavez, she confounded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), later known as the United Agricultural Workers (UFW). She helped minorities register to vote in California, advocated for the end of the Bracero Program, negotiated the farm workers’ contracts, survived a brutal beating at a protest, and established the Dolores Huerta Foundation. And, she did all of that while raising eleven children and facing sexism head-on.

Dolores Huerta, without a doubt, is a role model for all Latinos. President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 for her life’s work. I am sure this admirable biography will inspire a lot of young readers. 

I want to thank Samara Rafert, the Publicist and Exhibits Manager at Ohio University Press & Swallow Press, for sending me a copy of Dolores Huerta Stands Strong: The Woman Who Demanded Justice so that I could write an honest review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

Rating: 5 stars

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