Sonia Fuentes



Sonia Pressman Fuentes graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1950 and first in her class at the University of Miami School of Law in 1957. She had a 36-year career as an attorney and executive with the federal government and multinational corporations. She drafted many of the EEOC's initial landmark guidelines and decisions.

In addition to being one of the founders of NOW (National Organization of Women), she was also a founder of the Women's Equity Action League (WEAL) and Federally Employed Women (FEW). In November 1996, Betty Friedan presented her with the Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) Medal of Honor in recognition of her efforts to improve the status of women.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Woman's Party (NWP) and on the advisory committee of VFA.

Since her retirement in 1993, she has pursued an active career as a writer and public speaker. On October 10, 1999, Ms. Fuentes was one of four recipients of the 1999 Women at Work Award given by Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW). WOW, a nationwide organization based in Washington, DC, has programs to help women and their families achieve economic self-sufficiency. Fuentes received the award for her commitment to women's issues and her leadership in the fields of law and business. Prior awardees include Glenn Close, Jane Fonda, Katie Couric, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. On March 21, 2000, at a ceremony in Annapolis, Ms. Fuentes was one of five women in the State of Maryland inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame for the year 2000.

"I walk in the footprints of Sonia Pressman Fuentes."
--Patricia Ireland, then-president, NOW

Fascinating, humorous lecturer on women's issues, feminism, immigrant and Jewish issues, law, writing. Breast Cancer survivor.

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Sonia Fuentes

Founder of NOW

Travels from:
Sarasota, Florida
Current Topics
  • Feminism
  • Inspirational
  • Women's issues
  • Jewish issues
  • Immigrant issues
  • Law
  • Breast cancer survivor
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