Women You Should Know – Bella Savitsky Abzug (1920-1998)

Bella Savitsky Abzug was a renowned American political activist and politician. She served in the United States House of Representatives from 1970 to 1977, representing her constituents of Manhattan, in the State of New York. Abzug’s famous saying was “This woman’s place is in the House — the House of Representatives.” Bella’s achievements include becoming one of the very few women attorneys practicing labour law in the 1940s. She openly expressed her opinion regarding several liberal causes of the day. For example, she strongly supported the Equal Rights Amendment and strongly opposed the Vietnam War. As well, Bella was a powerful leader of the Women’s Movement. She co-founded the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO). In 1976, she was unsuccessful in her bid to obtain a U.S. Senate seat. In 1978, she was unsuccessful in attempting to return to the House of Representatives. Bella was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1994. She died in 1998 at the age of 77.

Source for additional information
Lach, E.L. (2000). American National Biography: Abzug, Bella.

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