- Stories & Articles by Sonia
Articles and Stories by Sonia Pressman Fuentes
- Sonia’s submission to the book Mother Knows Better - Sense and Nonsense from American Moms by Patti Murphy is one of over two hundred momisms in the book.
- Sonia’s article about the travails of The Forward after Superstorm Sandy appeared in Der Bay (Vol. XXIII, No. II, Mar.-Apr. 2013, p. 12).
- NOW (National Organization for Women) Founder Sonia Fuentes Gives Back To Education
- "A heart-healthy diet is easier to adhere to than it may seem, especially with plenty of grocery and restaurant choices in Sarasota," December 7, 2012. (To see this article, which first first appeared on the Sarasota News Leader Web site, once the large picture appears, scroll down to the article.)
- “A Journey of Discovery,” Sonia’s article about her September 2011 week’s trip to Germany exploring Jewish life in Germany, published in two parts.
- "Finding My Identity as a Feminist" - This article appeared in the online magazine, Identity, on September 21, 2011.
- "My Story" - This article appeared in HavaMag, Issue 4, August, 2011.
- To access the article:
- Click on the arrow to the right until it takes you to the Table of Contents on the left.
- Click on the first item in the Table of Contents, which is the article about Sonia, on page 10.
- When you come to the article, double click on each page to make the type readable.
- To access the article:
- "First Woman: Sonia Pressman Fuentes," appeared at the end of July 2011 in Ms. JD, an e-zine for women law students and lawyers.
- “Judging Our Future: Supreme Women Move Up,” about the increasing percent of women judges on the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts, went online in the Café section of On the Issues e-zine on December 21, 2010. In February of 2012, the article was added to the featured news & comments section of the website of Cornell University’s Avon Global Center for Women and Justice.
- "Advancing Rights: 1964 Marks the Beginning of a New Era" - This article was published in On The Issues Magazine, Café section, on August 25, 2010, in celebration of Women’s Equity Day, the 90th anniversary of suffrage, August 26, 2010.
- "Sonia Pressman Fuentes on Pregnancy Leave, Parental Care Leave, and the Law" - Sonia explains the law on leave and benefits in connection with pregnancy, delivery, and post-delivery on scitable.com, a website for women in science. (2010)
- "My Life After Divorce" - Sonia discusses her life after divorce for a “Divorce and Women’s Success” series. (2010)
- "A Negative Experience, A Positive Outcome" - The lucky day Fuentes was fired. (2009)
- "First Wedding at the Fontainebleau," an unpublished anecdote, November 23, 2008.
- "Fun With Yiddish" - Sonia starts a Yiddish club in Sarasota, FL. (2007)
- "My Fortuitous Escape from the Holocaust and My Life Thereafter" - This article is published on a Web site called "Women and the Holocaust." (2006)
- “A Love Letter to Ostuni” (2005)
- "My Visit to Piltz" - A sequel to "A Visit to Piltz." (2005)
- "Three-hour Tour Turns Unforgettable" - This article, by Fuentes, recalling the saga of her trip to the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford estates in Ft. Myers, FL, appeared in The East County Observer, a newspaper in East Manatee and Sarasota Counties, Florida, January 16, 2003.
- "I Lucky Everything: The Story of a Real `Miss Saigon'" - Along with a manicure, a reminder of how immigrants revitalize our nation. (2002)
- "A Visit to Piltz" - This article is about Fuentes' August 2001 journey to her parents' birthplace, a village called Piltz in Poland. (2001)
- "How I Built a Life in Retirement" - Sonia had a difficult time adjusting to retirement, and then she entered the best years of her life. (2000)
- "How I Published My Memoir: A Lawyer-Feminist's Story" - This is the story of the six years Fuentes spent in researching, writing, publishing and marketing her memoir and making the transition from being a lawyer to a writer and public speaker. (Also see: "How I Got Published in South Africa) (2000)
- "A Seder in Shanghai" - Fuentes participates in a seder in a most unlikely city, Shanghai, China. This piece appeared previously in JoyZine and on Harry Leichter's website. (1999)
- "HUD Goes to the Moscow Trade Show" - This article was originally published in Sparks 28. March - April, 1999. (1999)
- Breast Cancer and Ruptured/Leaking Breast Implants - The story of Fuentes' experience with breast cancer. (1998)
- "Three Legendary Feminists" - This article is about Fuentes' most memorable encounters with Alice Paul, the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, and Catherine East. (1998)
- “Representing Women,” a 17-page article, originally published in Frontiers, a Journal of Women Studies (Vol. 18, No.3, Nov. 3, 1997), by the Washington State University Press, is available by emailing Sonia at firstname.lastname@example.org and asking her to email it to you or by purchasing it at jstor.org. This was Sonia’s first published article about women’s rights.
- "House of History" - A history of the Sewall-Belmont House, one of the oldest houses on Capitol Hill, is the story of the current headquarters of the National Woman's Party. (1996)
- "Magnolias" - A Washington, DC, love story. (1996)
- "Family Past Unfolds Like Detective Story" - Research Leads to Ship's Records, a Movie and Snapshots. (1995)
Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Three-hour Tour Turns Unforgettable
Meadows resident Sonia Fuentes got more than she bargained for when she went with the Flanzer Jewish Community Center to visit the Thomas Edison and Henry estates in Ft. Myers.
It took three buses to get the Flanzer JCC tour members home following a trip to Ft. Myers.
(This article, by Fuentes, recalling
the saga of her trip to the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford estates in Ft.
Myers, FL, appeared in The East County Observer, a
newspaper in East Manatee and Sarasota Counties, Florida, January
This is the saga of my Dec. 23, 2002, trip to the Thomas Edison and Henry estates in Ft. Myers.
I had heard of these estates during the years I've lived in Sarasota and have long wanted to go. Therefore, I was delighted when I learned that the East County's Flanzer Jewish Community Center was planning such a trip by bus, and I signed up.
Twelve of us boarded a bus from Flanzer bounded for Ft. Myers that morning. Little did we know the most memorable part of the trip would have nothing to do with the estates.
We arrived at the estates at 11:30 a.m. I stopped off and bought some gifts at the museum shop, and then we had lunch on the Edison estate. The weather was delightful -- about 75 degrees.
At 12:30 p.m., we began our tour. We had an excellent tour of the two houses on the estate and Edison's laboratory before leaving several hours later. That's when the adventure began.
We had driven about one-and-one-half miles when Sarah, our bus driver, pulled to the side of the road. Something was wrong with the bus, and she could not control the steering wheel. We all got off the bus and found ourselves stranded on a residential street in Ft. Myers.
Shortly thereafter, a car with two policemen drove up after seeing us on the street and one of the policemen spoke to the JCC's Audra Martin, who was in charge of the trip. Audra then made a number of calls on her cell phone. She called Dan Bernstein, the JCC's executive director, the police and a tow truck. Another bus would be coming to pick us up from Sarasota, but we'd be stranded until then. Sarah remarked that we were lucky we weren't stranded on I-75.
We stood on the street, some of us took a walk up and down the street, and then Sarah reconnoitered and found that a restaurant was nearby. We took our things off the bus and walked a few blocks to the Brixz Bistro. Few of us were hungry, but after realizing we would be stranded for a few hours, we all felt we could use a drink.
It was about 6 p.. when the second bus came for us. By this time, the group had bonded. We were in high spirits and sang one song after another. However, the sin-a-longs ended less than an hour later when I heard a loud noise that sounded like a tire blowout. Audra told the bus driver to pull over to the side of the road and the passengers to get off the bus.
We saw smoke coming out of the engine and later learned from a policeman a radiator hose had burst. Now we were stranded on I-75. The first bus had flares, but we hadn't needed them because it was daylight. Now it was dark, we were at the side of the highway, and this bus had no flares. Audra again was busy on her cell phone, calling Bernstein, the police and a tow truck.
The rest of us stood around on the grassy side of the highway searching for the Big Dipper and trying to calculate what the odds were that two buses taking us from Ft. Myers to Sarasota would both break down.
I realized I had left my camera behind somewhere. One of my fellow passengers recalled handing it to me at the Brixz Bistro and Audra phoned Bernstein and asked him to call Brixz. Brixz employees, however, were unable to find it.
After our arrival at the Flanzer JCC, I called Brixz again and they still hadn't found it. I tried one more time, the following morning, and Brixz had my camera and kindly agreed to send it to me.
We then waited again for the police, a tow truck and another bus. It took 15 to 20 minutes before a police car came and then not one but several cars with policemen arrived. They left their cars behind the bus flashing their lights so traffic on I-75 could see the bus.
Shortly thereafter, the third bus came. We piled into the third bus with our things. This driver introduced himself as Harry and told us he worked for the Jewish Federation in Ft. Myers. He had been home preparing dinner when he received a call about our breakdown. He left his dinner and dashed to a bus he wanted to take as it was in a location that was about to be locked down. He got there in time and picked us up. Everyone remained in good spirits, and we finally arrived back at the Flanzer JCC at 8:35 p.m. My seatmate, Marilyn, said, "We may not remember the Edison-Ford estates, but we'll never forget this trip."