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By Elaine S. Povich

As Madam Speaker, Nancy Pelosi has damaged new floor for ladies in American politics and has develop into a striking position version for younger ladies. but hers has infrequently been a Cinderella profession. Pelosi was once nearly born into politics, and her sequence of firsts—first girl minority whip within the U.S. residence; first girl minority chief; and, eventually, first woman Speaker—was preceded via 3 a long time of provider as a political organizer, candidate, and U.S. consultant. All alongside she balanced her political profession together with her function as a spouse and the mummy of 5 youngsters. during this booklet a extraordinary Washington journalist lines Pelosi's vintage upward push in the course of the political ranks, culminating in her historical elevation to the Speaker's chair—and explains how Pelosi's occupation and legislative priorities were formed by way of her gender.

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Pelosi, televised address to the nation, January 21, 2004, Democratic response to the president’s State of the Union speech. 6. Kevin M. Vander Schel, “The Influence of the Second Vatican Council,” Boston Collaborative Encyclopedia of Modern Western Theology (2005). htm. 7. Speech to women’s convocation, Trinity University, September 25, 2003. Peggy Lewis, Trinity Magazine, “Profile: Nancy Pelosi ’62 House Democratic Leader,” Fall 2003. , December 2, 2007. Ibid. “Paul Pelosi Will Marry in the East,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 27, 1963, p.

She was a young mother of five children, all of whom were enrolled in parochial schools, far away from the hippie culture. Moving into the 1970s and 1980s, San Francisco became a center of the homosexual or “gay” rights movement, culminating with the election of Harvey Milk, who was openly gay, to the city’s Board of Supervisors, and his assassination, along with Mayor George Moscone, in 1978. The gay rights movement became a much bigger part of the political life in San Francisco, as many gay people moved into the Democratic Party.

In contrast, Pelosi appeared demure and reasonable, if not particularly articulate. Running for Office 35 On April 9, Pelosi got more votes than any other candidate, outpolling five fellow Democrats and eight other candidates, with 36 percent of the vote. Because she did not get 50 percent of the vote or more, she was forced into a runoff with the Republicans’ top vote-getter, Harriet Ross, a deputy public defender. But since the San Francisco district was 64 percent Democratic, getting the most votes in the first election was tantamount to victory for Pelosi.

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