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We build on the long legacy of women using organizing, outreach, and grassroots mobilization to improve the lives of farmworker communities. Our origins stretch back to 1988 in the Coachella Valley: due to immigration status, lack of formal education, and abusive work conditions, women were susceptible to violence in the fields and in their homes. Using theater and storytelling as educational tools, these women known as “Mujeres Mexicanas” came together to raise awareness about their rights and connected women to resources…


Today, Líderes Campesinas is the voice for Californian farmworker women with 17 place-based committees across the state. A few of the campaigns we’ve led over the years include efforts to reduce pesticide poisoning, increase healthcare access, stop oil and gas projects in our communities, and empower survivors of domestic violence.


One of the first issues we targeted was the disruption of domestic violence and support for survivors.  Líderes Campesinas was among the first organizations to develop a Spanish-speaking prevention program within the lived context of rural Latina and indigenous women. For their innovative leadership on preventing domestic violence we were honored with a national Marshall’s and Prevention Fund award in 1994.