Apart from a few celebrated and important leaders, the data on women's participation in American political institutions do not paint a particularly rosy picture of rising political power for women in the U.S.
There is little doubt -- particularly in the current climate -- that sexualized coverage and attacks will remain a factor in political races. The question is whether being a woman running for office is something that the country needs and fairness demands.
If the Republicans' fears are true, could it mean Democrats have a much better chance at taking the House back in the upcoming elections? To put it another way, will we see "Speaker Nancy Pelosi" again next year?
If Obama's re-elected and we're still suffering in 2016, as now seems likely, our "electable extremist" Paul Ryan will be in the perfect position to become the next President. Heads we win, says Corporate America, and tails you lose.
I'm inspired by the women I'm seeing every day -- in airports and coffee shops and campaign headquarters, who know what's at stake and are rolling up their sleeves getting things done.
Never in the history of the nation has any great party dreaded good news for America the way Republicans do today.
The Affordable Care Act is a giant step in the right direction for healthcare access for women and families. And it allows us at the local level to focus our attention on pressing needs here at home.
Will you pick up the gauntlet, Mr. President, and make the case for why we must pass an amendment to strike down Citizens United? It will give you a strong foundation for your strategy to win in November.
No matter how easy some people make it look, this path is a not an escalator: it is a steep and circuitous staircase.You will pause, breathless, along the way. And get tired but keep climbing.
Instead of caving to Republican rhetoric, we would have expected Leader Pelosi to counter it. The message is a simple one, and it's been used by centrist Democrats from Clinton to Obama: From whom much is given, much is expected.
"Take back your party," Pelosi recently advised traditional Republicans. "This is not the Grand Old Party that we know." Take back your party: That's sound advice -- for everyone in Washington.
Nancy Pelosi just moved the $250K tax threshold up to $1 million. That is, she wrote: "Democrats believe that tax cuts for those earning over a million dollars a year should expire..." That is a very big, very bad deal.
Getting more women into Congress is worth the fight. Taking this opportunity, even though it's dressed in overalls, and looks like work, is still an opportunity. This is not just a woman's issue.
Growing up, in church we had the homily; at home it's what I call the "momily" -- the inspirational and instructive mom-isms that every family has. My mother Nancy Pelosi's momilies were memorable and still echo through the years from my childhood to my motherhood.
The vote on a major medical marijuana amendment on the floor of the U.S. House on Wednesday night was an exciting development, even though the amendme...
While a lot was happening around the edges this past week, we're going to concentrate on Obama's campaign messaging. The general election is underway, and the Obama folks are busy crafting the language he's going to use to run on.