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Bella Abzug

Bella AbzugAKA Bella Savitzky Abzug

Born: 24-Jul-1920
Birthplace: Bronx, NY
Died: 31-Mar-1998
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Queens, NY

Gender: Female
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician, Activist
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Feminist and former Congresswoman

Prior to serving in Congress, Bella practiced law in the area of civil rights and labor law. She was a 1968 supporter of Eugene McCarthy, and in 1970 she became the first Jewish woman elected to Congress, unseating Democratic incumbent Leonard Farbstein and defeating Republican Barry Farber. As a legislator her liberal agenda included abortion rights, equality for gays and lesbians, the War in Vietnam, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Abzug had the audacity to attempt an investigation into the competence of J. Edgar Hoover. Eventually confined to a wheelchair due to deteriorating health, she died in 1998 after heart surgery.

Husband: Martin M. Abzug (m. 1945, d. 18-Jul-1986)

    University: AB, Hunter College (1942)
    Law School: LLB, Columbia Law School (1945)

    US Congressman, New York 20th (1973-77)
    US Congressman, New York 19th (1971-73)
    Columbia Law Review Editor
    Women's Action Alliance Board of Directors
    National Women's Hall of Fame 1994
    Margaret Sanger Award 1991
    Russian Ancestry

    Manhattan (14-Mar-1979) · Guest of Honor

Author of books:
Bella! Ms. Abzug Goes to Washington (1972, memoir)

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