1971 July 10

National Women’s Political Caucus Formed


A group of leading feminists, including Bella Abzug (January 3, 1971), Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm (November 5, 1968; January 25, 1972), and Betty Friedan (April 7, 1963; June 30, 1966) formed the National Women’s Political Caucus on this day. Abzug announced the founding of “a new political force,” and Chisholm declared that “no one gives away political power. It must be taken.” The NWPC is alive and well today (see the link to its website).

On Bella Abzug’s election to Congress, see January 3, 1971. For Shirley Chisholm’s run for president of the U.S., see January 25, 1972. And for Betty Friedan’s path-breaking book, The Feminist Mystique, go to April 7, 1963.

Visit the NWPC web site: http://www.nwpc.org/

Read a report with a timeline and biographies of women in Congress, 1917-2013: http://www.senate.gov/CRSReports/crs-publish.cfm?pid=’0E%2C*PLS%3D%22%40%20%20%0A

Learn more about the modern women’s rights movement: Gail Collins, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present (2009)

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