Nancy Pelosi’s very first meeting at the White House after she became the first woman chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives, in the 110th Congress, was unlike any other meeting she had ever been to before. In fact, it was unlike any meeting any woman had ever been to at the White House before, Pelosi said during a conversation today at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She was in Cambridge to help celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the release in 1963 of the official report of the first Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, established by President John F. Kennedy two years earlier to advise him on issues concerning the status of women in education and the workplace.
“I was sitting in the chair and I felt very closed in,” Pelosi reported. “All of a sudden I realized that Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton…they were all on that chair with me, and I swear I could hear them say, ‘At last we have a seat at the table.’”
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