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Bella Abzug, 1920 - 1998

1920

Born in the Bronx, New York on July 24 to Esther (Tanklefsky) and Emanuel Savitsky

1933

Father dies; defies convention at their Orthodox synagogue by saying Kaddish for him

1942

Graduates with degree in Political Science from Hunter College

1944

Marries Martin Abzug; they have two children: Eve and Liz

1945

Graduates from Columbia Law School where she was an editor of Columbia Law Review

1947

Begins twenty-five years of practicing law, specializing in labor law, tenants rights, civil rights and civil liberties cases

1950

Fights for an appeal for Willie McGee, an African-American man from Mississippi sentenced to death on false charges of raping a white woman

1961

Helps found the nationwide organization Women Strike For Peace

1970

Wins election to Congress representing Manhattan's 19th Congressional District; serves for three terms as a highly effective and nationally known representative

1971

Co-founds the National Women’s Political Caucus

1972

Publishes Bella!: Ms. Abzug Goes to Washington, a diary of her first year in office

1973

Returns to Congress after difficult re-election campaign

1975

Plays important role at the first United Nations’ Decade of Women conference as well as at both succeeding conferences

1976

Gives up Congressional seat to run for all-male Senate; loses democratic primary race by one percent

1977

Presides over first National Women's Conference; loses close race for New York City mayor

1978

Appointed co-chair of President Carter's National Advisory Committee on Women

1979

Fired by President Carter from co-chair position for criticizing administration; co-founds Women USA

1980

Resumes private law practice

1984

Publishes Gender Gap: Bella Abzug’s Guide to Political Power for American Women

1986

Husband Martin dies; defeated in bid for Congress in Westchester County, NY

1990

Co-founds the international Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and serves as president

1995

Plays leading role at milestone United Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing

1997

WEDO co-sponsors the First World Conference on Breast Cancer

1998

Dies of complications following heart surgery in New York City on March 31st at age 77

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