April 15, 1974
Democratic state senators from Queens and Brooklyn Karen Burstein and Carol Bellamy—two of the three women members of the New York State Legislature—met with students to discuss women in politics. The topics, said The Miscellany News, included "the problems they encounter in defining for themselves their role as women legistlators. Bellamy explained that on 'women's issues,' i. e. rape, day care centers, they are encouraged to share their views, abut as Burstein added, they are representatives of the people as well as 'women' and should participate in all issues." The Watergate scandal may make 1974 a more "nonpolitical year," the two legislators suggested, "but because female condidates are perceived as independent of power politics, they look forward to having more successful women elected to office."