“Si, Se Puede,” or “Yes, We Can,” became the well-known rallying cry of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. But, as he’s noted, it’s a borrowed slogan.
It was first chanted by Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez during their fight for workers’ rights. Huerta and Chavez co-founded United Farm Workers, but throughout history she’s been pushed from the spotlight, with credit for the movement going to Chavez.
Huerta saw this during that time and also focused her energy on feminism. The civil rights icon is 87 years old and the subject of a new documentary called Dolores.
We talk to Huerta while she’s in Chicago as one of the keynote speakers at the Chicago Foundation for Women Luncheon.