Dolores Huerta,Nationally renowned civil and women’s rights activist, to headline 2019 Inspired Event in Des Moines


The Chrysalis Foundation announces that Dolores Huerta, one of the most important yet least known activists of our time, will be the featured speaker for their 2019 Inspired Event on Friday, Sept. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown. 

Huerta, a legendary American labor leader and civil rights activist, was an equal partner in founding the United Farm Workers of America Union alongside Cesar Chavez. Together, the two tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice. At age 89, Huerta continues to advocate for the working poor, women and children.

Dolores Huerta is a living legend, an example to follow, a strong woman who still inspires young generations to continue fighting for the civil rights and equality for all.

Based on her six decades of leadership experience, Huerta will share her belief that real change is possible, that every individual has the power to make a difference, and that we must work together to achieve social justice.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Chrysalis Foundation is partnering with Drake University Women’s and Gender Studies Department to provide a special viewing of the award-winning film documentary, “Dolores”, directed by Peter Bratt. The film tells Huerta’s story, featuring archival footage of Huerta in action and interviews with her. The free viewing will take place at the Sussman Theater on the Drake University campus from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

The Chrysalis Inspired Event is held annually, attracting more than 500 attendees to hear from inspirational speakers while raising funds for programs that empower girls and women in our communities. 

Even though Dolores Huerta is 89 years old now, there is no force that can stop this renowned activist form her fight for equality and civil rights. Today, she is a founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and she spends her time traveling across the country participating in campaigns and influencing legislation that supports equality for all and defends civil rights. She is still dedicated to helping to develop leaders and advocating for the working poor, women and children.


Throughout 2019, Chrysalis Foundation is celebrating 30 years of ensuring that girls and women continue to have opportunities to grow, learn, contribute and transform Central Iowa. Through the anniversary theme of “Leading Legacies,” Chrysalis has hosted various events celebrating its history and the passion of the organization’s three founding women. The Inspired Event is the final anniversary celebration, inviting audiences to hear from an inspiring leader and encouraging mentorship for future legacies in the making.

Don’t miss on the chance to meet Dolores Huerta, an extraordinary woman who spent her entire life fighting for equality and defending civil rights.

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About Chrysalis Foundation

As a public charity, Chrysalis was founded to ensure the safety, security, education, and economic empowerment of all girls and women in central Iowa. Today, Chrysalis continues to raise funds, deliver grants, lead programs and educate the community through the support and participation of local partners, schools, colleges, donors and volunteers. Thousands of girls have participated in Chrysalis After-School programs since it began in 1998, and tens of thousands have benefitted from the work of agencies partnering with Chrysalis for more than 30 years.

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