Congresswoman Bella Abzug

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Congresswoman Bella Abzug

Bella Abzug was outspoken, opinionated, and relentlessly defiant. From a young age, she was unorthodox and independent. Coming from Russian and Jewish parents, she often went to the synagoge. When her father died, an informer told her only sons could use a mourning prayer. Although, since her father had no sons, she couragously prayed every day for a year at the synagoge. After high school, Bella recieved a Cambridge law degree and did some work as a lawyer and at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She then went on to join the House Of Representitives.


1942 - Graduated from Hunter College1961 - Founded the Women's strike for peace1970 - Won a democratic primary, and later the congressional election1972 - Published a book1976 - Ran for senate1980s - Practiced law, marched, protested, taught, worked as a television commentator 1991 - Co-chaired the Women’s Environmental & Development Organization1998- Died

-Was class president in high school-Earned a law degree from Columbia-Member of the New York Bar-American lawyer-U.S. House Representitive-Social activist (Supported women and gay rights)-Helped organize the Women Strike for Peace in 1961 -In 1994 she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame

Lasting Impact

Bella fought relentlessly for women's rights and remains a symbol of persistance and activism


National Women's History MuseumBella AbzugOpening Ceremony Speech

"Battling Bella" Abzug



"This woman's place is in the House—the House of Representatives."

Bella's hats became her trademark. She wore them as to notbe mistaken for a secretary.


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