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Bella Abzug

A formidable leader of the women’s movement, Bella Abzug fought to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and other vital legislation for the rights of women. Early in her career, Abzug earned distinction as one of the few attorneys willing to stand up to the House Un-American Activities Committee. During her three terms in Congress, she advocated for groundbreaking bills including the Equal Rights Amendment and crucial support of Title IX. In 1977, she presided over the historic first National Women’s Conference in Houston. Towards the end of her career, she focused on global issues of women’s rights and human rights, ensuring that those issues were continually addressed by the United Nations. “In a perfectly just republic,” wrote John Kenneth Galbraith in 1984, “Bella Abzug would be president.”

Bella Abzug at a New York City Rally, 1976, by Diana Mara Henry
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Bella Abzug speaking at a New York City Rally in 1976. The podium's stickers read "Equal Rights Amendment Now" and "Carter Remember the Women."

Copyright © Diana Mara Henry/

Date of Birth
July 24, 1920
Place of Birth
Bronx, New York
Date of Death
March 31, 1998

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Bella Abzug." (Viewed on February 19, 2019) <>.


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