Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That! Nancy Pelosi Slams Sexism In Politics

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House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has got some badass things to say about sexism and the unequal way the press treat women in US politics. It’s already common knowledge that men hold the balance of power in the halls of local, state and federal government around the country, so sexism, misogyny and unfair treatment have become things that women have put up with for a long time.

Nancy Pelosi decided she would use one of her weekly press conferences as an excuse to address the issue when a question from a (female, no less) journalist decided to ask her a question which form the sound of it from the video below, she is darn sick of hearing!

Whether you like Nancy or not, or whether you are one of those people who thinks it is fun to speculate on her plastic surgery (we don’t, a woman’s appearance should never ever be fair game publicly, nor should it ever be the thing we judge each other on) this article is not about that. It is about a woman who has spent a great deal of time in politics and feels it is her duty to call out actions that don’t belong in government in any shape or form. Heck, they don’t belong ANYWHERE, but for this blog post we’ll just focus on politics because the way the media makes gender an issue when it comes to government officials, it can influence citizens in a big way, and not in a good way.

Nancy was asked whether she would be stepping down from her leadership post after speculation in the press said she might.

“What I said to the most recent person who asked is, ‘What was the day that any of you said to Mitch McConnell when they lost the Senate three times in a row … Aren’t you getting a little old, Mitch? Shouldn’t you step aside?'” she said. “Have any of you ever asked him that question?”

“I don’t understand why that question should even come up,” she added. “I’m here as long as my members want me to be here … I’m not here on a schedule. I’m not here for anything except a mission to get a job done.”

“It just is interesting as a woman to see how many times that question is asked of me and how many times that question is never asked of Mitch McConnell,” she said.

“[W]hen we won the House — and that was largely an initiative that I started around 2000, to take us to a place where we would win the House — that was a big thing. I was never on the cover of Time magazine, even though I was the first woman to be [speaker]. Isn’t that a curiosity?” Pelosi said. Watch her awesome 2 minute response below and see why this issue is important.


“Republicans win and Boehner is on the front of Time magazine. Mitch McConnell wins and he is on the front of Time magazine. Is there a pattern here? But as a woman … Is there a message here? Is there something that we’re missing?”

In a time when women in leadership, especially in politics, is more important than ever, the media needs to do a better job of changing the way they choose to angle their stories. Just as Nancy feels it is her duty to set an example for all women, so should the media for their readers. Report the facts, not the fiction or the feelings.

After the Democrats huge loss in the November 4 midterm elections, they are not taking any chances leading up to the 2016 Presidential elections. It was announced on Thursday November 14 that Senator Elizabeth Warren was asked to be part of the Democratic leadership, as they enter the Senate as the minority.

Senator Warren will be joined by two other female Senators Amy Klobuchar and Debbie Stabenow who will flank Harry Reid in the Democratic leadership roles, who said women in the Senate have brought positive change to the legislative body.

“I’ve seen this institution change for a lot of reasons,” he said. “One reason it has changed for good is because of women. Women think differently than men.”

To hear a male politician openly state this is a big deal and should be the kind of statement uttered more often. The thing about sexism is that it doesn’t just affect women, but men also. When we start looking at different groups in society like LGBT and minorities (as well as women) we start to understand that systemic gender discrimination is something we can all work together to shut down.

Working together means all generations, because the younger we start recognizing this, the better. The less we see each other as gender norms and stereotypes, the more free we all are to challenge the boundaries and be respected for what we do, rather than what we look like. Coz ain’t nobody got time for that, least of all Pelosi!

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