Bella Abzug was one of the fiercest warriors for social justice in the 20th Century, fighting for Women’s Rights, Civil Rights, Gay Rights, Environmental Equity, and Peace before any of those causes were part of mainstream culture. “She was first, she was always first.” says her good friend Lois Sasson who tells us the story of Bella’s remarkable life. Born in New York City, Bella Abzug became a lawyer in 1945 and immediately went to work on labor rights, tenants rights, and Civil Rights cases. She was one of the few attorneys willing to combat the McCarthy era House Un-American Activities Committee; she was one of the first members of Congress to vocally support Gay Rights with the Equality Act of 1974; and her support for the ERA and women’s rights is legendary. Throughout her long life Bella Abzug was an outspoken advocate for equity and justice on every front, resulting in her nickname “Battling Bella”.
Our storytellers share these astonishing women with us conversationally and unscripted; we fact-check afterwards and note any major discrepancies for accuracy.
Director: Julie Hébert
DP: Sevdije Kastrati-Dill
Sound: Christopher Esterguard
Producer: Courtney Graham
Production Assistant: Catie Bolt
Production Support: Green Hummingbird Entertainment
Editor: Lilit Aloyan
Color: Billy Koak
Dialogue Editor: Daniel Raphael