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“Never losing faith, we worked to redeem the promise of America, that all men and women are created equal. For our daughters and our granddaughters today we have broken the marble ceiling. For our daughters and our granddaughters now the sky is the limit.” —Nancy Pelosi, after being sworn in as Speaker of the House
When Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the House, she made history. 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. In this compelling book, she encourages mothers and grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters to never lose faith, to speak out and make their voices heard, to focus on what matters most and to follow their dreams wherever they may lead.
In this graceful personal and political history, Pelosi describes growing up as the daughter of a congressman in an Italian-American Catholic world ( growing up Catholic had an enormous impact on me ) and her burgeoning political interest ( I always knew that I did not want to deal only with the meals, the laundry, the house ). She details making history twice becoming the first daughter to follow her father into Congress and in her groundbreaking election as the first female Speaker of the House in 2007. Pelosi writes passionately about the experiences of congressional women ( Nothing has been more wholesome for the politics and the government of our country than the increased participation of women ) and takes on George W. Bush, who she maintains lacks the vision, knowledge or judgment to be the leader our country needs. Careful to separate the person from the policy, Pelosi deals courteously with the former even when she condemns the latter. Pelosi s book is a simply crafted acknowledgment of the support of her family, mentors and helpful colleagues without rhetorical flourishes, insider scandal or intimate revelations a gentle account from a tough politician.