This Day in Jewish History A Former U.S. Congresswoman and Pioneering Feminist Dies

Bella Abzug was such a lightning rod for her progressive views that Ralph Nader once estimated her sponsorship of a bill could actually cost it 20-30 votes.

On March 31, 1998, Bella Abzug a three-term former U.S. congresswoman and pioneering feminist, died, at the age of 77. Abzug, who on her first day in the House, in 1971, introduced a resolution calling for an immediate American withdrawal from Vietnam (it was unsuccessful), became nationally recognized overnight for the wide-brimmed hats she always wore, as...