Bella Abzug

(Bella Savitzky Abzug)

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Congress is a middle-aged, middle-class, white male power structure. No wonder it has been so totally unresponsive to the needs of this country. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I am not a centerist. Liberals & Conservatives
I am not a centrist. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Just imagine for a moment what life in this country might have been if women had been properly represented in Congress. Would a Congress where women in all their diversity were represented tolerate the countless laws now on the books that discriminate against women in all phases of their lives?....Would such a Congress condone the continued butchering of young girls and mothers in amateur abortion mills? Minorities & Women
Richard Nixon impeached himself. He gave us Gerald Ford as his revenge. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The establishment is made up of little men, very frightened. Power
The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Women are rarely represented at the peace tables. That’s probably why we have so many wars. War & Peace
You're not going to have a society that understands its humanity if you don't have more women in government. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A woman's place is in the house - the House of Representatives.
All of the men on my staff can type.
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. Women ;Power
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.
I prefer the word 'homemaker' because 'housewife' always implies that there may be a wife someplace else.
I spend all day figuring out how to beat the machine and knock the crap out of the political power structure. Power
I'm a politician. I run for office. That's my profession.
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. Women ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
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.
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. Society
We are affirming human rights for all women and girls, acknowledging the full range of diversity that exists, and detailing actions to prevent violence. Women
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. Women ;Nature
We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room. Equality & Equal Opportunity
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. Women ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Working women wore hats. It was the only way they would take you seriously. Women