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Bella Abzug
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York’s 20th district
In office
January 3, 1973 â€“ January 3, 1977
Preceded by William Ryan
Succeeded by Theodore Weiss
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York’s 19th district
In office
January 3, 1971 â€“ January 3, 1973
Preceded by Leonard Farbstein
Succeeded by Charles Rangel
Personal details
Born Bella Savitsky
(1920-07-24)July 24, 1920
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died March 31, 1998(1998-03-31) (aged 77)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Martin Abzug
Children Eve
Liz
Alma mater City University of New York, Hunter
Columbia University
Religion Judaism

A woman's place is in the house - the House of Representatives.
Our struggle was political, ideological and economic, and we felt we couldn't make something of ourselves unless we bettered society. We saw the two together.
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We are affirming human rights for all women and girls, acknowledging the full range of diversity that exists, and detailing actions to prevent violence.
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The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.
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When I first became a lawyer, only 2% of the bar was women. People would always think I was a secretary. In those days, professional women in the business world wore hats. So I started wearing hats.
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Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel.
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As women, we know that we must always find ways to change the process because the present institutions want to hold on to power and keep the status quo.
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I'm a politician. I run for office. That's my profession.
We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room.
I spend all day figuring out how to beat the machine and knock the crap out of the political power structure.
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Imperfect though it may be, the Beijing Platform for Action is the strongest statement of consensus on women's equality, empowerment and justice ever produced by governments.
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Working women wore hats. It was the only way they would take you seriously.
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We are bringing women into politics to change the nature of politics, to change the vision, to change the institutions. Women are not wedded to the policies of the past. We didn't craft them. They didn't let us.
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The establishment is made up of little men, very frightened.
I prefer the word 'homemaker' because 'housewife' always implies that there may be a wife someplace else.
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I am not a centrist.
All of the men on my staff can type.
I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee.
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