In Her Own Words: Books, Articles, and Speeches by Bella Abzug

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  • Bella Abzug and Mim Kelber, Gender Gap: Bella Abzug's Guide to Political Power for American Women (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984).
  • Bella Abzug and Mel Ziegler, Bella!: Ms. Abzug Goes to Washington (New York: Saturday Review Press, 1972).


From Ms. Magazine
  • “In her Own Words”
  • Accessible through ProQuest:
  • July/August 1998. Vol. 9, Issue 1; pp. 81-82
  • Excerpts from two speeches given by Abzug. The first at the Rally for Women’s Lives in 1995 and the other at the 42nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 1998. Both deal with women’s rights on the national and international scale.
  • “From the Heart: ‘Martin, What should I do now??’”
  • Accessible through ProQuest:
  • July/August 1990. Republished in Spring 2002, Vol. 12, Issue 2. pg. 77.
  • Written after the death of her husband Martin, this essay discusses Abzug’s relationship with Martin and how she balanced her career and her family. Parts of this piece are reprinted in Thom and Levine’s oral history.
Contract with the Women of the U.S.A. (1996)


“Every Issue is a Woman’s Issue”
  • Accessible through the Commonwealth Club’s online archive:
  • In this speech delivered tthe Commonwealth Club on March 23, 1973, Abzug addresses the effects of racism and sexism on the political climate in the U.S. and how women and minorities are disadvantaged politically and economically. Topics discussed include congressional and federal budget reform, immigration, equal representation of women and minorities in government, and anti-military views.
Spirit of Houston: First National Women’s Conference
Fourth World Conference on Women
  • Available through the online resource “Gifts of Speech”:
  • Delivered at the United Nations/NGForum On Women, Beijing, China: September 12, 1995. In this speech, Abzug discusses the Platform for Action presented at the conference and the important role of women in resolving international issues.

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