Bella Abzug

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Bella Abzug
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1977
Preceded byLeonard Farbstein
Succeeded byTheodore Weiss
Constituency19th district (1971–73)
20th district (1973–77)
Personal details
Bella Savitsky

(1920-07-24)July 24, 1920
New York City, U.S.
DiedMarch 31, 1998(1998-03-31) (aged 77)
New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Martin Abzug
(m. 1944; died 1986)
RelativesArlene Stringer-Cuevas, Scott Stringer (cousins)
EducationCity University of New York, Hunter (BA)
Columbia University (LLB)
Jewish Theological Seminary

Bella Savitzky Abzug (July 24, 1920 – March 31, 1998), nicknamed "Battling Bella", was an American lawyer, activist and politician. She was known as a leader of the Women's Movement.

Life[change | change source]

In 1971, Abzug joined other leading feminists such as Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, and Betty Friedan to found the National Women's Political Caucus.[1]

In 1970, Abzug's first campaign slogan was, "This woman's place is in the House—the House of Representatives."[2]

From 1971 to 1977, she was a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

Abzug died on March 31, 1998 in New York City from heart surgery-related problems, aged 77.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bella Abzug". HISTORY. A&E Television Networks. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. "ABZUG, Bella Savitzky". History, Art, & Archives: US House of Representatives. Office of the Historian and the Clerk of the House's Office of Art and Archives. Retrieved 12 February 2019.