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Double Outsiders by Jessica Faye Carter JD MBA

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CHAPTER 1 State of the Union: Women of Color Today

In November 1977, the U.S. government did something for women that it had never done before—and something it would never do again: It sponsored a national conference for women to address concerns related to gender equity in the United States.

The push to develop the conference began with a woman named Bella Abzug. Abzug, a New York congresswoman, capitalized on fortuitous timing to introduce a bill into Congress that would raise funding for a women’s conference. Abzug’s own background may have had much to do with her interest in the advancement of women. Born to Russian immigrants in the Bronx, Abzug showed early signs of promise, giving speeches to garner support for the Jewish National Fund ...

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