Battling Bella and Women’s Equality Day
Bella Savitsky Abzug was brash, outspoken, truculent, courageous, a woman who “could boil the fat off a taxi driver’s neck.” She was known to wear colorful hats, though when people commented on the style, she would remind them that “It’s what’s under the hat that counts!”
People called her Battling Bella because she fought for everything she believed in.
Her career started as an attorney in NYC in the late 1940s. In this role, she specialized “in labor and tenants’ rights, and civil rights and liberties cases. During the McCarthy era she was one of the few attorneys willing to fight against the House Un-American Activities Committee.”
After she was elected to the House of Representatives in 1970, she became one of the first members of Congress to support gay rights, introducing the first federal gay rights bill, known as the Equality Act of 1974.
And it was Battling Bella who introduced the bill that would formally establish the important day that we celebrate today.
Happy Women’s Equality Day, everyone.