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Social Policy

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. During her three terms in Congress, she advocated for groundbreaking bills including the Equal Rights Amendment and crucial support of Title IX.

Bella Abzug convenes National Women's Conference in Houston

November 18, 1977

Spearheaded by Bella Abzug, the federally funded National Women's Conference convened in Houston to put forward a National Plan of Action.

Birth of Caroline Klein Simon, anti-discrimination pioneer

November 12, 1900

Birth of Caroline Klein Simon, public activist and pioneer in the fight for women's and human rights.

Nita M. Lowey elected to House of Representatives

November 8, 1988

Nita M. Lowey was elected to the House of Representatives from New York.

Madeleine Kunin elected Governor of Vermont

November 7, 1984

Madeleine Kunin won election as governor of Vermont, becoming the first Jewish woman governor of an American state.

Linda Lingle elected Governor of Hawaii

November 5, 2002

Linda Lingle became the first female and first Jew to be elected Governor in the state of Hawaii.

Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer elected to Senate

November 3, 1992

Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer were elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Jewish women senators, the first female senators from California, and the first two women to ever represent any state at the same time.

Bella Abzug elected to Congress

November 3, 1970

Elected to the U.S. Congress on this date, Bella Abzug claimed that she spent her days "figuring out how to beat the machine and knock the crap out of the political power structure."

Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act becomes Law

October 28, 2000

The Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act introduced by Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky became law.

Ernestine Rose presides over national women's rights convention

October 19, 1854

Ernestine Rose, a leading early American advocate for women's rights, presided over the Fifth National Woman's Rights Convention in Philadelphia.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Social Policy." (Viewed on September 21, 2018) <https://jwa.org/topics/social-policy>.

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