Alberta Gonzalez (1914-1996) migrated to Mullica Hill, NJ, from Puerto Rico in 1950. In 1954, with the goal of improving the life of migrant farmworkers, she became the first Puerto Rican woman to supervise a labor camp for migrants in New Jersey.
In addition to her advocacy for improved working and living conditions for workers, she worked as a cook for migrant workers for 34 years.
Burstyn, Joan N. “Alberta Gonzalez”. In Past and Promise, Lives of New Jersey Women, 1990 . http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/54795007
Questions to Explore
What influenced Gonzalez’s desire to improve the life of migrant farmworkers? How did she help these farmworkers in the labor camps for migrants in New Jersey?
Where did Gonzalez get her background in cooking?
Burstyn, Joan N.. Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women. United States: Syracuse University Press, 1997.