Abzug noted this quick conversation with an elderly woman at the airport in 1971:
"'Well, I want you to know, Mrs. Abzug, that I don't want to be liberated. I like it just the way it is.'
'You do, huh? Do you work?'
'How much do you make?'
'Seventy-five bucks a week.'
'Did a man ever have your job?'
'Do you happen to know how much he made?'
'Yes, come to think of it, I heard he made $10,000 a year.'
'Well, you see, that has something to do with liberation. We think women should get equal pay for equal work. Do you have any kids?'
'Grandchildren - but I take care of them.'
'Are they pre-school age?'
'Do you leave them at a free child care center when you go to work?'
'Are you kidding? I have to pay somebody to watch them.'
'That's another thing women's liberation is all about.'
'Mrs. Abzug,' she said. 'Can I have your telephone number?'"
1. Quote from Bella Abzug, Bella! : Ms. Abzug Goes to Washington, Mel Ziegler, ed (New York :Saturday Review Press, 1972) 275.
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