Women's History Project
Labor leader, Linda Chavez-Thompson was born in 1944. She was raised in Lubbock, Texas. Chavez-Thompson's parents were sharecroppers. She left high school to work in the cotton fields in Lorenzo, Texas.
Her hard work and determination moved her up the ladder at the AFL-CIO. Chavez-Thompson became the first woman and first person of color elected in 1995 as the Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO.
In 2010, she was candidate for Lieutenant Governor and served as a vice-chair to the Democratic National Committee.
In a speech in 2006, she said "I talk about rights, I talk about everybody being equal, I talk about justice, fairness, I don't give a damn where I am." Her speeches are powerful and informative.
For more on Linda Chavez-Thompson: Texas Tribune