Sonia Pressman Fuentes

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Sonia Pressman Fuentes (born May 30, 1928) is an American author, speaker, feminist leader, and lawyer.

Early years and education

Fuentes was born in Berlin, Germany, of Polish parents, with whom she came to the U.S. to escape the Holocaust. She graduated from Cornell University and the University of Miami School of Law.[1]


In the U.S., she became one of the founders of the second wave of the women's movement. She was a co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Federally Employed Women (FEW), and she was the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).[2]

Fuentes is the author of a memoir, Eat First—You Don't Know What They'll Give You, The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter (1999),[3] which has been required reading at Cornell University and American University in Washington, D.C. Her articles on women's rights and other subjects have been published in newspapers, magazines, and journals in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Fuentes has given talks throughout the U.S. as well as in Germany, Spain, Japan, China, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand. She has served as an "American specialist" on women's rights for the then-U.S. Information Agency.

She is a member of the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. Since 1994 Fuentes has been a resident of Sarasota, Florida as a snowbird and permanently, since 2009.[4]


  1. ^ Strebeigh 2009, p. 115.
  2. ^ This article has been excerpted from the biography on Fuentes' website.
  3. ^ Fuentes, Sonia Pressman (24 November 1999). Eat First -- You Don't Know What They'll Give You: The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter. Xlibris. ISBN 146281462X. [self-published source]
  4. ^ Fuentes, Sonia Pressman, Letter to the Editor, SRQ Daily, July 9, 2013


  • Strebeigh, Fred (13 February 2009). Equal: Women Reshape American Law. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-06555-8.

Further reading

  • Cox, Billy (23 September 2013). "Feminist returns to Belgium, site of Holocaust escape". Sarasota:
  • "Sonia Pressman Fuentes". Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. Maryland State Archives.

External links

  • Official website
  • Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution from the Jewish Women's Archive
  • Papers of Sonia Pressman Fuentes, ca.1929-2009 (inclusive), 1955-2009 (bulk). Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
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