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The March into the National Women's Conference (left to right) Billy Jean King, Susan B. Anthony II, Bella Abzug, Sylvia Ortiz, Peggy Kokernot, Michele Cearcy, Betty Friedan

The March into the National Women's Conference (left to right) Billy Jean King, Susan B. Anthony II, Bella Abzug, Sylvia Ortiz, Peggy Kokernot, Michele Cearcy, Betty Friedan

"Thousands of women cheered as Abzug, Friedan and Billie Jean King accompanied torch relay runners into the streets of Houston. One woman, by herself, looked like she had wandered into the wrong world. She wore a cheap tight purple pantsuit, lots of makeup and an elaborate beehive. She reluctantly said she was a clerk for a major company and asked not to be identified by name: 'I'll get fired if they know I'm here.' And she wasn't really by herself, she explained: 'I'm representing all the girls who work with me.' What had galvanized her to risk her job? 'Bella Abzug. She understands people like me.'"


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1. Quote from Myra MacPherson, "Bella Abzug, Champion of Women," Washington Post 2 April 1998:B1.

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