|Campaign handbill (detail), 1968, Collection of the U.S. House of
ABZUG, Bella Savitzky, a Representative from New York; born Bella Savitzky in New York
City, July 24, 1920; attended the local public schools; A.B., Hunter College,
New York City, 1942; LL.B., Columbia University Law School, New York City,
1945; graduate work at Jewish Theological Seminary of America; admitted to the
New York Bar in 1947 and commenced practice in New York City; active in labor
law; a founder and member, National and State New Democratic Coalition, 1968;
an initiator and national legislative representative, Women Strike for Peace
Movement, 1961-1971; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1972 and 1980;
elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second and to the two succeeding Congresses
(January 3, 1971-January 3, 1977); was not a candidate in 1976 for reelection
to the United States House of Representatives, but was an unsuccessful
candidate for nomination to the United States Senate; unsuccessful candidate
for nomination in 1977 in the New York mayoral primary; unsuccessful candidate
for election to the Ninety-fifth Congress in a special election, February 14,
1978; co-chair, National Advisory Committee for Women, 1978-1979; unsuccessful
candidate for election to the One Hundredth Congress; was a resident of New
York City until her death there on March 31, 1998.
BibliographyLevine, Suzanne Marin and Mary Thom, eds.
Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe
McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers,
Rallied against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the
Way. New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2007; Abzug, Bella.
Bella! Ms. Abzug Goes to Washington. Edited by Mel Ziegler.
New York: Saturday Review Press, 1972.