Sonia Pressman Fuentes Bio


In its October 2005 newsletter, Xlibris, the publisher of Eat First--You Don't Know What They'll Give You, congratulated Sonia Pressman Fuentes for being "[o]ne of the most successful Xlibris authors ever."

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, 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 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.