Women's rights leader to speak at UTPA
Posted: 04/16/1999
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EDINBURG - Sonia Pressman-Fuentes, women's rights specialist and leader, will lecture at The University of Texas-Pan American Monday (April 19) at 7 p.m. at the University Ballroom.

"Sonia Pressman-Fuentes has been instrumental in bringing the women's movement to the forefront," said Deborah Sullivan, assistant dean of students at UTPA. "In bringing her to our campus, the Committee on Women's Issues and the Office of Student Activities hopes to provide our students the opportunity to meet and listen to a real leader."

Fuentes is a feminist, lawyer, writer and public speaker. She was a founder of NOW and other women's rights organizations in the mid-1960's and early 1970's and was the first woman attorney in the General Counsel's Office at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

She drafted one of the EEOC's earliest issues of the Digest of Legal Interpretations, Guidelines on Pregnancy, and a number of the EEOC's initial landmark decisions.

Fuentes served as an attorney with the federal government (Department of Justice, EEOC and HUD) for more than 20 years, and was an attorney and executive with multinational corporations for more than 10 years. She was the highest paid woman at the headquarters of each of these corporations.

Fuentes has traveled to many parts of the world as an American specialist on women's rights for the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) and has recently completed her memoirs, many excerpts from which have been published in the U.S., South Africa and Canada.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Miami (Florida) School of Law.

Fuentes will conduct media interviews at 2:30 p.m. in the University Center, room 306. For more information, contact the UTPA Student Activities Office at 956/381-3676.