I was listening to The State of Things on WUNC Radio (NPR) and heard Bella’s story. Yet another woman of history that has been left out of our history books. Here’s a link with the full audio. Two of the guests have written a book about her life titled:
“Bella Abzug” and includes the prosaic subtitle, “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” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/2007).
Bella Abzug on Opposition to the Movement for Sexual Equality: (Listen to the Audio Clip)
This is a very short clip thats included in the full audio of The State of Things (linked up top)
Born in New York City on July 24, 1920, Bella Abzug was a civil rights lawyer who first received national attention when she organized the Women’s Strike for Peace in 1961. Later in the decade she became a prominent figure in the resurgent feminism movement and in 1968 helped found the reformist New Democratic Coalition. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1970, she was an antiwar leader and a vigorous proponent of women’s rights. Known for her outspoken views and outsize hats, she helped secure passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972. In 1976, Abzug left the House to run for a Senate seat, but she was defeated in the Democratic primary by Daniel P. Moynihan. She later unsuccessfully ran for mayor of New York City. This clip is courtesy of THE HISTORY CHANNEL.
Listening to the clip of her voice made me shudder because the accent, tone and tempo are so familiar.