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Nancy Pelosi in New York Times Magazine

Nancy Pelosi on Women in Politics Not Getting Media Attention


"When I became the speaker, we [women] won 30 seats. It was a victorious thing — I was the first woman speaker. It didn’t get that much play. And I’m not a publicity seeker, so it was OK with me. [John] Boehner, before the election, they had him on the cover of Newsweek. Now he’s on the cover of Time, and women are coming to me and saying, 'Is the job less important when a woman holds it?'"

— Nancy Pelosi cites Speaker of the House-elect John Boehner's cover-boy status (while she was on none after her win) as evidence that men have it easier in politics. I won't argue that men have it easier than women, and I don't have a problem with Nancy Pelosi, but I do have a problem with her logic. If you're not covering magazines after a historic win, then it's more of a publicity problem than a political one. But she's not a publicity seeker!

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lilegwene lilegwene 5 years
I stand corrected, and amend my statement to say she was overshadowed by the presidential elections. She assumed office and just a couple weeks later Hilary and Barack launch their campaigns.
stephley stephley 5 years
Pelosi became Speaker in 2007, after the Democrats dominated the 2006 elections. That was two years before Obama became president.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I agree with stephley, but I also agree with lilegwene... Obama's election was bigger news at the time she became speaker of the house. I think I hear more about Sarah Palin than any other female politician and that's pretty annoying.
lilegwene lilegwene 5 years
Well, considering she became speaker at the same time Obama became president it's no wonder she didn't get that much attention.
stephley stephley 5 years
If women politicians aren't getting media attention, it does affect perception of them as powerful - thus it is a political problem.
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