Madam Speaker of the HouseMarch 25, 2009
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is a woman who has broken through a political barrier by serving as the first female speaker of the House of Representatives. She attended an all-women’s college, Trinity College (renamed Trinity Washington University), in Washington, D.C. In the early 60s she married Paul Pelosi and later moved to California. The Pelosis moved so they could be closer to Paul’s brother, Ronald Pelosi, who was a member of the City and County of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. After her family moved to San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi began to climb up the Democratic party’s ladder.
Pelosi has held a number of offices both at the local and national levels. In 2001, she was the minority whip for the Democratic Party. Currently, she serves as Speaker of the House. I admire Pelosi because of her views on a variety of issues such as education, health care, and the environment. It is wonderful to have a politician who values education. Ensuring that the next generation progresses and succeeds is fundamental. Education is something that I believe is irreplaceable and having someone in Congress who strongly believes in education is vital.
A second issue that I strongly believe in is healthcare. Pelosi strongly believes in Medicare and Medicaid. I am concerned about my grandmothers and the elderly people in my life; I want them have access to healthcare. This is another reason why I admire Pelosi. Because she stands up for the welfare of an aging population.
The last issue is caring for the environment. Trying to preserve the environment for the next generations is of the upmost importance. Pelosi encourages newer technologies rather than burning fossil fuels. She also supports the arctic wildlife refuge and disapproves of offshore oil drilling.
Nancy Pelosi is important to me because she is paving the way for women to get ahead in politics. She is showing women that with dedication and passion anything is possible. Perhaps having a woman like Pelosi in the media will show young women and girls that, by using their intellectual gifts, they too could one day become Madam Speaker of the House.
This post is part of a special Women’s History Month series. It was written by Jennifer McGuire, AAUW-LTI Fellow.