Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks about Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters.
When Nancy Pelosi became the first woman speaker of the House, she made history. She gavelled the House to order that day on behalf of all of America's children and said, "We have made history, now let us make progress."
Now she continues to inspire women everywhere in this thought-provoking collection of wise words—-her own and those of the important people who played pivotal roles in her journey- Book Passage
Representative Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, she served as the first woman Speaker of the House and was also the first woman to lead a major political party in Congress, having served as House Democratic Leader from 2003 to 2007. Leader Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California, in the House since June 1987.
During the 111th Congress, then-Speaker Pelosi worked in partnership with President Obama to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. She also led the House effort to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the historic healthcare reform legislation aimed at providing insurance for 32 million more Americans while lowering healthcare costs over the long term. Other recent legislative achievements have included passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to improve the ability of women to fight pay discrimination and repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
Elaine Petrocelli is the owner of Book Passage in Corte Madera, an independent bookstore that is renowned for its event schedule of authors, reader events, conferences, and writing classes.
Elaine has been chosen "Bookseller of the Year" by Publishers Weekly magazine, and her constantly-updated list of book recommendations is followed by readers throughout the Bay Area and the nation.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi discusses experiences in her early days as a woman in Congress and what she calls the "secret sauce club." She recalls how she learned to be aggressive as her male colleagues would rarely ask, "What do you think?"
Nancy Pelosi explains her reasons for becoming the Democratic House Leader, saying she "knew how to win elections." Pelosi says she wanted Democrats to gain the majority in order to help the American public.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi comments on the growing rift between the needs of teachers and the understanding of these needs by politicians, as revealed in standardized testing. Pelosi emphasizes the need to compensate teachers for the quality of the service they provide and states that Congress will take on the No Child Left Behind Act if a democratic president is elected.