The Virginia Foremothers Oral History is an archival project of the Virginia National Organization for Women (NOW). It is an oral history of the Second Wave of the Women's Movement, mostly in Virginia. These women and men worked intrepidly against virulent political opposition, but with broad public support to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and implement the titles of the Civil Rights Act.
Here you will find archived MP3 audio files of interviews with some of our foremothers. Enjoy!
National NOW Foremother ➙ Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Speaker, Author, "Eat First--You Don't Know What They'll Give You,
The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter"
"I lived in Arlington, VA for 16 years from the late 1950s until June 1973, during which time I worked for several federal agencies. I had nothing to do with women's rights in VA but I was a second wave feminist with regard to women's rights nationally. I was a co-founder of NOW nationally and the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the EEOC. I have been a feminist activist for over 50 years."
Archivist: Angela Guzman
All footage © Virginia NOW
These oral histories are part of VaNOW's educational outreach and historical preservation, and maybe reused for research and other purposes with PERMISSION. Virginia Foremothers Project Historians are Angela Guzman and Paradise Hunter Hawks.