THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Holocaust survivor born in Berlin, Germany
“I was so into women’s rights with my whole soul and still am.”
Attorney. Advocate for Women’s Rights. Speaker. Author. Mentor.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel.
Co-founder: National Organization for Women (NOW), Women’s Equity Action League (WEAL), Federally Employed Women (FEW).
Charter member: Veteran Feminists of America (VFA).
Board of Trustees: National Woman’s Party.
Photo 1. Left to right: Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, Sonia, Dr. Bernice Sandler.
Photo 2. Founding of NOW – Sonia Fuentes, front row, third from the right, Washington, DC, October 1966.
Interview from the American Bar Association Women Trailblazers in the Law Project
More About Sonia:
- VFA Fabulous Feminist Biography
- Sonia’s remarks – The Harvard Club VFA Salute to Feminist Lawyers 2008
- Sonia’s Website
- Jewish Women’s Archive
- University of Miami School of Law – Oral History Project
- NOW Honoring Our Founders and Pioneers – Sonia Pressman Fuentes
- Repositories for Sonia’s papers, photographs, interviews, tapes, CDs, and DVDs:
- Interview by Kate Alexander, head of the local suffrage centennial commemoration committee, June 8, 2020
- Sonia Pressman, Audio and Video Links
- Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium
- Honors and Awards
- Sonia’s Memoir Eat First–You Don’t Know What They’ll Give You, The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter on Amazon
- Cited in Barbara Love’s Book – Feminists Who Changed America – pages 163-164