Abzug in Beijing at the Fourth World Conference on Women
"It's easy to feel disillusioned but my gut-deep belief in people power has been reinforced by my experiences over the past eight years as president of the Women's Environment and Development Organization. I am fueled by the passion of women in the developing countries...buoyed by their hopes for peace, justice and democracies, despite the oppressive conditions under which they live. Over the past eight years in our work at the United Nations and here in our country, and around the world, we have helped to build the strongest, most activist and most analytic international womens movement in history. We know that the next century will see an intensified struggle to challenge the growing power of the transnational corporations, their control over the global economy and their worship of technology devoid of life-affirming values. No one ever said being an activist or an idealist was easy, but in my travels around the USA, I see a revival of grassroots organizing, self-empowerment and coalition-building and that must be the legacy of the 1990's to the generations to come."
Notes 1. Quote from Bella Abzug, Remarks at The Nation Forum on the 60's, 1 May 1997.