We live in a world today where women comprise 51% of the US population, but only 20% of congress, according to Miss Representation. So it’s important to look at Nancy Pelosi — the first woman to become Speaker of the House — and her relationship with the national media. While she has received mountains of attention from the media surrounding everything but her politics, she is quite possibly the only Speaker in modern day to have never graced a national weekly magazine cover during the four years she served. Once she handed the speaker’s gavel over to republican party leader John Boehner, however, he almost instantly made cover appearances on Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker and The Economist. Below, you’ll fine a list of embarrassing (and more intentional) moments for the media throughout Pelosi’s career.
1. “A few weeks ago, on a Thursday around noon, Nancy Pelosi whirls through the second floor of the Capitol in a sea-foam pantsuit with lots of gold jangling on her arms.” Why Is Nancy Pelosi Always Smiling?”
2. “Either Nancy Pelosi is lying her backside off regarding her knowledge of the CIA’s irrigation for information techniques, or one of the side effects of a high dollar Botox habit includes severe short-term memory loss.” What OJ Simpson and George Costanza Could Teach Nancy Pelosi
3. “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is wearing her lucky shoes today.” Nancy Pelosi’s lucky shoes
And of course, Rush Limbaugh…
5. “(If Pelosi) wants fewer births, I have the way to do this and it won’t require any contraception: You simply put pictures of Nancy Pelosi … in every cheap motel room. … That will keep birth rates down, because that picture will keep a lot of things down.” Rush Limbaugh’s Greatest Hits…of Sexism. Feeling Slutty?