Feminist Leader, Writer Dies at 82

Mim Kelber, a feminist leader, writer, and social activist, died of heart failure at her home in New York City on Friday. She was 82 years old. Kelber was a co-founder with former Congresswoman Bella Abzug of WEDO (Women’s Environment and Development Organization). She also co-founded Women Strike for Peace in the 1950s and the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1971. Among her many other roles in the women’s movement over the years, she served as President Carter’s policy director on the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year from 1978 to 1979. Kelber was a longtime friend and colleague of Abzug’s, serving as her speechwriter and policy advisor during Abzug’s time in office (1971-1977). Kelber was a prolific writer on labor and women’s issues, including being the chief writer and editor of the report on the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas. In a ceremony honoring Kelber on her 75th birthday, the late Abzug told her, “Your work and words have indeed been mightier than the sword.” JOIN the Feminist Majority


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