Dolores Huerta on The Girl Scouts

“Learn by doing... have courage...”

Legendary labor activist DOLORES HUERTA overcame her shyness and learned to speak up and to be of service when she was in THE GIRL SCOUTS. Dolores tells us how her ten years in the Girl Scouts with their mission to teach practical skills, make girls self-sufficient, and build character and confidence shaped her life as an outspoken leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers. One of the highlights of Dolores’ life was receiving the Medal of Freedom on the same day Girl Scouts Founder Juliette Gordon Low was posthumously awarded the same honor. Give a listen as Dolores tells us about this enduring organization dedicated to female independence and empowerment.

Our storytellers share these astonishing women with us conversationally and unscripted; we fact-check afterwards and note any major discrepancies for accuracy.


Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

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The Girl Scouts

Juliette Gordon Low was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1860. She suffered several ear injuries as a child that left her with almost total hearing-loss by age 17. While living in England, Juliette Gordon Low met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts. She thought the same principals (kindness, character building, self-sufficiency), should be available to girls, so Low came back to the USA to start her “Girl Guides”. Her small girls group evolved into THE GIRL SCOUTS and she fought tooth and nail for the rest of her life to make her girls group into something monumental. She kept her breast cancer a secret right up until her death in 1922. Every Oct. 31, her birthday, the Girl Scouts celebrate “Founder’s Day.” in her honor. This girl, who lost her hearing at 17. Juliette was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom.