"In large and small delegations, we made frequent visits to the New York and Washington offices of our legislators, presenting them with statements, petitions, and arguments in favor of a treaty outlawing nuclear testing. Our big picket lines outside the White House impelled President John F. Kennedy to comment, "I understand what they were attempting to say . . . their message was received." When the partial test-ban treaty was approved in 1963, many commentators attributed its passage to fear of the 'mothers' vote."
1. Quote from Bella Abzug, Gender Gap: Bella Abzug's Guide to Political Power for American Women, with Mim Kelber (Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1984) 159.