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?' 'Yes.' 'How much do you make?' 'Seventy-five bucks a week.' 'Did a man ever have your job?' 'Yes.' '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?' 'Yes.' '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?'"
Notes 1. Quote from Bella Abzug, Bella! : Ms. Abzug Goes to Washington, Mel Ziegler, ed (New York :Saturday Review Press, 1972) 275.