SPOTLIGHT ON: WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
By Christine Bruzzese
1978, the U.S. Congress has designated March as Women's History Month.
The City Hall Library contains a diverse collection of resources on women
who have played significant roles in New York City politics, history
Bella Abzug: How one Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought
Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy: An Oral History by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom,
the life and career of the legendary Congresswoman who represented
Manhattan's West Side from 1971 to 1977. Based on interviews with
colleagues, friends, and rivals, the authors present the story of Abzug's
early years in the Bronx, her work as a civil rights lawyer, and her
term in Congress. They narrate her activism in such areas as the women's
movement and environmental awareness. Born in 1920, Bella Abzug died
Bess Myerson served as New York City's first Commissioner of Consumer
Affairs under Mayor Lindsay. During the Koch administration, she
acted as Commissioner of Cultural Affairs. Queen Bess by Jennifer
is a biography published in 1990. The book traces Myerson's early
years in the Bronx, her reign as the first Jewish Miss America in
her work in civil rights, politics, and broadcasting.
Publications of the New York City Commission on the Status of Women
may also be of interest to the researcher. This agency is now known
New York City Commission on Women's Issues.
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