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Bella Savitzky ABZUG

(1920-1998)

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.

Bibliography

Levine, 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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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