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Bella Abzug Ms magazine press conference

After being fired by President Carter as head of the National Advisory Committee for Women, 1/12/79. Bella Abzug, Presiding Officer of the US Commission on International Women’s Year, and members of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year(NCOIWY) submitted the official conference report, The Spirit of Houston, to President Carter on March 22, 978 at a White House ceremony. The following letter from Abzug prefaced the report and stressed her hope that the recommendations of the NWC would be acted upon. President Carter fired Abzug from her position as head of the NCOIWY successor organization the following year due to her insistent demands for presidential action on NWC recommendations.Bella Abzug (1920-1998) earned her law degree at Columbia law school. Abzug was elected to the House of Representatives from 1971 to 1976 and was labeled by her peers the "third most influential member of Congress." Abzug's career included 23 years as a lawyer, leadership in the women's peace movement including Women Strike for Peace in the 1960s and as head of the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) she attended the 1995 Fourth World Congress on Women in Beijing, China. She has also been a civil rights and labor activist. See "...To Form a More Perfect Union...", p. 136; the Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress; The Spirit of Houston, p. 243; Wilma Mankiller et al., eds, The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998), pp. 173, 442.
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