Dolores Huerta’s work is a trifecta of activism: She has dedicated her life to civil rights, workers’ rights, and women’s rights. She has been branded a community activist, a political organizer, and a self-identified “born-again feminist.” Now, at age 82, she adds Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to her list of titles.

Huerta began advocating for fair wages and working conditions among farmers in the 1960s, and co-founded the United Farm Workers Union with Cesar Chavez. While they agreed that he would serve as the face of the organization, Huerta focused her attention on galvanizing women to get more involved—from the executive boards to the grassroots level. She would later go on to found the Dolores Huerta Foundation, in 2002, to develop community organizers and national leaders.

At the White House ceremony earlier this week, President Barack Obama summarized the long-running narrative that has marked Huerta’s work. Simply put, “She has fought to give more people a seat at the table.”

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