From Bella Abzug's Speech as Presiding Officer, November 19, 1977
"What we are doing here in Houston is part of an irreversible worldwide movement in which women are speaking out for our needs and trying to create a better world in which men and women do not victimize each other, but work together for a decent life for all people.
There can be no turning back to a time when women were...prevented from using their skills and abilities, barred from the places of power.
We can no longer accept a condition in which men rule the Nation and the world, excluding half the human race from effective economic and political power. Not when the world is in such bad shape."
1. Entire quote from United States National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, The Spirit of Houston: The First National Women's Conference: An Official Report to the President, the Congress and the People of the United States (Washington: National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, 1978) 218.