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Abzug, Bella. With Mim Kelber.

Gender Gap.


Abzug, Bella with Mim Kelber.  Gender Gap:  Bella Abzug's Guide to Political Power for American Women.   Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.
First edition.  Signed and dated by Bella Abzug at the half title page.  8vo, x, 257pp; (including Appendix); deep rose boards with navy blue cloth spine stamped in gold; white dust jacket printed in dark blue and maroon with a photograph of Bella Abzug, in her customary hat, at the front cover.  Front board rubbed; 1/4" short tear at front panel of dust jacket; traces of use to jacket.  Near fine.  Abzug's analysis of the political power women could bring to bear on American government and party system.  
    Bella Abzug (1920-1998), pacifist, feminist, lawyer and politician, proved her staunch resistance to majority terrorism during the McCarthy era when she was "one of the few attorneys willing to fight against the House Un-American Activities Committee". In the 1960s she was instrumental in the founding of Women Strike for Peace.  She ran for Congress in 1970 and served three terms, always a visible advocate for civil rights and for peace in Vietnam.  The following year she chaired the first National Women's Conference in Houston. When President Carter fired her as head of the National Advisory Committee on Women (she had criticized his economic policies), she formed Women USA, a grassroots political action group.
    Gender Gap relates her experiences as one of just twelve women in the national legislature and what she envisions can happen if women choose to wield the political power available to them.  As Abzug points out:  "Aside from the minor roles played by a tiny percentage of women in government, men run our country and its political institutions.  They like it that way, and they will keep it that way, fair or no fair, as long as we let them get away with it".

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