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Interviews of, and Articles about, Sonia Pressman Fuentes

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Sonia Pressman Fuentes

The Quotable Woman, The First 5,000 Years (6th ed., October 2010), an anthology by Elaine Partnow,  includes three quotations from Sonia.  They are:

On watching a football game: "I don't understand," she [Sonia’s mother] said, "What do you get when they win?"

I didn't know the answer then and I haven't been able to come up with a satisfactory answer ever since. Whenever I'm tempted to go to a game of any sort, my mother's question comes to mind -- and I stay home. -- Eat First - You Don't Know What They'll Give You, The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter ( Nov, 1999).

"Howja like dot?" asked my father.

"Not dot," corrected Mother, unperturbed by Father's twenty-year resistance to the niceties of English pronunciation. "Not dot. Dat. T - h - a - t. Dat." For some inexplicable reason, Mother's tutorial method with a man who had never mastered the alphabet was premised on spelling. I suspected this technique owed its application not so much to Mother's belief in its validity as a teaching tool but to her desire to demonstrate her own superior grasp of the language. "All right," said Father, in his I-stand-corrected tone. "Dat. Howja like dat?" -- Ibid., "If You Speak His Language."

“I don't feel I've done any service. I just did what needed to be done. If you see a baby in the middle of the road, you get it out of the way of oncoming cars. Your act may be considered heroic, but your motivation isn't service; it is simply to do what needs to be done. That's how I've responded with regard to women's issues.” -- Quoted in "Making A Difference" by Frieda Craft Eakins, straightfromtheheart.org, 1999.