Pelosi’s tenacity, unceasing effort, and blend of persuasion and coercion contributed mightily to the bill’s narrow passage.
If some version of the bill passes in the Senate and is ultimately signed into law by Obama, it may be Pelosi’s signature moment in public service.
Pelosi tells the story of her life and political career in Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters.
Pelosi’s exposure to politics began early.
Her father was Thomas D’Alesandro, was both a Congressman and later Mayor of Baltimore. Her childhood home included expectations that one could achieve what one wanted provided that one was willing to put in the necessary work.
Whatever her detractors say, and there are many of them, they have to concede her willingness to do the gritty work necessary to get elected and to govern.
Pelosi shares how she did not originally set out to become the nation’s third most powerful elected official, but that she applied the tools she learned in her youth and, as a mother, working to effect change locally through her local PTA.
Her arc and ultimate success is a quintessentially American story, and, as the title implies, one that Pelosi wants young women to know about and absorb. While waiting for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to decide whether he can marshall a filibuster-proof majority on the Senate side, you might want to read Pelosi’s brief and accessible memoir.