Statement from CAWP on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Decision to Step Down from House Leadership

50th Years of CAWP

We have witnessed a great deal of history in our 50 years of observing women’s roles in American politics, but among the most significant is Nancy Pelosi’s ascension as the first woman Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. She has been, throughout her career, a symbol of the heights of aspiration for American women and girls. But she is a great deal more than a symbol. Nancy Pelosi will be remembered as one of the most consequential Speakers in modern history, holding together an often-fractious caucus, shepherding momentous legislation, and wielding influence in ways that earned respect from allies and opponents alike. She has weathered unprecedented vitriol but was nonetheless dedicated to consensus-building and results. She also prioritized the leadership of other women — encouraging and supporting women across the country to run for office. She presided over the largest ever increase in women’s representation in the U.S. House, as well as the most diverse Democratic caucus in history. We are enormously grateful for her legacy of service to the country. She has shown the world and future generations the unlimited potential of women’s leadership. 


Debbie Walsh
Center for American Women and Politics


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