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Speak Loudly and Carry a Lipstick

Red Lipstick“Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over.”

Bella Abzug, U.S. congresswoman

Bella, I salute you for being an early pioneer of the women’s movement and for being such a great role model for women.

Bella started out as a lawyer in the ’40s, when very few women did so, and went on to be a U.S. congresswoman and senator, social activist, and one of the leaders, along with Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan (now that’s a power trio), who founded the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC). Spurred by Congress’ failure to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in 1970, these women believed legal, economic and social equity would come about only when women were equally represented among the nation’s political decision-makers. Thirty years later the NWPC is still going strong with over 300 state and local affiliates and a membership of 77,000. It is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to increasing women’s participation in all areas of political and public life — as elected and appointed officials, as delegates to national party conventions, as judges in the state and federal courts, and as lobbyists, voters and campaign organizers.

One of Bella’s most famous quotes was: “The woman’s place is in the House—the House of Representatives.”

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