NWHM partnered with Sewall-Belmont House & Museum on June 6 to celebrate The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader, for her 25 years of public service. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was host of a conversation with Leader Pelosi about her experiences and achievements over her notable career to date.
More than 200 guests attending the event on the garden terrace of the Sewall Belmont House on Capitol Hill were treated to an afternoon of insights and stories about the House Minority Leader’s life. One such anecdote was that she’d initially planned to be in Congress for only ten years, but compelling new issues kept her where she was.
Throughout her quarter-of- a-century-long career as a public servant, Pelosi has borne witness to and participated in a number of historic events. Arguably one of her most groundbreaking (or ceiling breaking) moments came in 2007, when she was elected the first female Speaker of the House.
Reflecting on her nomination to the top Congressional position, she remarked, “it was historic for Congress but it was an historic moment for the women of America. It is a moment for which we have waited over 200 years. Never losing faith we worked to redeem the promise of America, that all men and women are created equal. For our daughters and granddaughters we have broken the marble ceiling.”
Using her extraordinary skill and savvy to move legislation in the House, Pelosi has amassed an impressive body of legislation passed in the U.S. Congress and signed into law. At one point during the event, host, Rachel Maddow exclaimed, “the number of major pieces of legislation that you saw passed during your tenure is the kind of list of legislation we associate with people who we name large buildings after in Washington.”
The event ended with NWHM President and CEO, Joan Wages’ closing remarks. “Today we see living proof why we need a National Women’s History Museum. Nancy Pelosi has shown tremendous courage throughout her career. Elizabeth Cady Stanton said “The best protection any woman can have is courage. Today we celebrate two courageous women, Nancy Pelosi and Rachel Maddow!”
The Museum would like to thank Peter and Judy Kovler who generously sponsored the event.
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Congratulations Leader Pelosi on your 25 years of service!