Bella attended Walton High School in New York City and was the class president. After high school, she went to Hunter College of the City University of New York.  She was a political science major, and was also elected president of the student council. Bella married Martin Abzug, the son and partner of an affluent shirt manufacturer, on June 4, 1944. She met Martin while visiting relatives in Miami, Florida after her graduation from Hunter College.
Bella earned a law degree from Columbia University in 1947, and was admitted to the New York Bar that same year. As a lawyer, she focused on labor law and also took on civil rights cases in the Southern United States. She was also a co-founder of Women's Strike for Peace, a women's peace activist group.
Bella was elected to the United States House of Representatives, and was in office from January 3, 1971- January 3, 1977. She was one of the first members of Congress to support gay rights and introduced, along with Ed Koch, the Equality Act of 1974, the first federal gay rights bill. She ran for Mayor of New York City in 1977, but did not receive the nomination.
After leaving the House, Bella founded and ran several women's advocacy organizations. She co-founded the Women's Environment and Development Organization in the early 1990s. She also developed the Women's Caucus.
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