If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? ~ Rabbi Hillel
Sonia is a founder of NOW and the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the EEOC, a feminist activist, speaker and author.
If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...
First and foremost, follow your dream. When I began work in July 1965 at the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which, among other things, prohibits sex discrimination by covered employers, employment agencies, and labor unions, I found I had a passion for women's rights. As a Jew who had to leave Berlin, Germany, in 1933 with my immediate family to save our lives when I was five years old, I early learned of the evils of discrimination based on religion. When I rode through the South with my family en route to spending the winter in Miami Beach, Florida, when I was a teenager, and saw the racist headlines in the newspapers and the racist signs on benches, busses, water fountains and restrooms, I saw the evils of discrimination based on race. And when I joined the EEOC, I became aware of the evils of discrimination based on gender. It's all of a piece... (EEOC) as the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, interpreting of the