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Bella Savitzky Abzug (July 24, 1920 – March 31, 1998), nicknamed "Battling
Bella", was an American lawyer, U.S. Representative, social activist and a
leader of the Women's Movement. In 1971, Abzug joined other leading feminists
such as Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, and Betty Friedan to found the
National Women's Political Caucus.
In 1970, Abzug's first campaign slogan was, "This woman's place is in the
House—the House of Representatives." She was later appointed to co-chair the
National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, presided
over the 1977 National Women's Conference by President Gerald Ford and led
President Jimmy Carter's National Advisory Commission for Women.
She was one of the first members of Congress to support gay rights,
introducing the first federal gay rights bill, known as the Equality Act of
1974, with fellow Democratic New York City Representative, Ed Koch, a future
mayor of New York City.
She chaired historic hearings on government secrecy. She was chair of
Subcommittee on Government Information and Individual Rights. She was voted by
her colleagues the third most influential member of the House as reported in
U.S. News & World Report. Often recognized by these vibrant hats, Bella
reminded all who admired them: "It's what's under the hat that counts!"
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