Bella Abzug and the author’s father, Paul Tanklefsky, in April 1990, in Boston, when Bella came to deliver a speech as part of Suffolk’s Lowell Lecture Series. The author’s father, who worked as Suffolk’s director of career services and cooperative education for many years, gave the introduction. (Courtesy Suffolk University Moakley Archive & Institute)
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I took my paternity leave this year. My cousin – feminist icon, breaker of doors, wearer of funny hats – would be pleased

While reading a book to his son, David Tanklefsky found a picture of his cousin, Bella Abzug, on a page about the women’s movement. She was a one-woman wrecking crew of the gendered status quo, he writes, and I like to think I’m honoring her by taking my paternity leave....

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