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Josefina Fierro de Bright

Josefina Fierro de Bright

Josefina Fierro de Bright

 California Standard 4.4.5  Discuss the effects of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War II on California. 

Josefina Fierro de Bright was born in Mexico in 1920. As a child she moved to California. She lived in farm camps where her mother served meals to the workers. At the camps, she experienced the poor living and working conditions.

Camp After high school de Bright went to the University of Southern California. She soon left school to try and help migrant workers. De Bright led the workers in groups to demand better working conditions. In 1938, de Bright became the first president of the Congress of Spanish Speaking People. She led the Congress to fight for better housing and healthcare for Mexican immigrants.

From 1939 to 1940, de Bright organized protests to end discrimination in schools and in the legal system. She also supported the struggle for fair wages and better working conditions for Spanish speaking people. Josefina Fierro de Bright gave her time and energy to help others improve their lives. She worked to achieve justice for all.


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Find out more about the Congress of Spanish Speaking People.

The Big Picture

Josefina helped to fight for the rights of migrant workers, to improve living conditions. Examine these photos of California migrant workers to see how they lived.