In 1984, Abzug published Gender Gap: Bella Abzug's Guide to Political Power for American Women. The book identified the gender gap—"a significant difference in the way women vote as compared to men"—as a growing trend changing the face of U.S. politics. For Abzug, women's increasingly liberal voting habits signified the possibility for real reform. With more women supporting "female" values like, "eating every day, having work, shelter, clothing, education, and health care," it could become clear to the country that, "what's good for women is good for men, good for children, good for America."
"The gender gap vote is evidence of the growing political awareness and experience of American women," Abzug wrote. Encouraging women not only to go to the polls, but to run for office as well, she concluded, "We can learn to become political leaders and activists, or we can sit back and let a minority of men in government, backed by powerful money and military interests, run our country and try to run the whole world. It's up to us."
1. "What's good for women..." quote from Bella Abzug, Gender Gap: Bella Abzug's Guide to Political Power for American Women, with Mim Kelber (Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1984) 116.
2. "The gender gap vote is evidence..." quote from Abzug, Gender Gap 241.
3. "We can learn to become political leaders..." quote from Abzug, Gender Gap 242.
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