Three Wise Women – What We Learned from Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Maxine Waters


Women voted, women campaigned and over one hundred women, a record-breaking number, were elected to Congress.

The American voters in the 2018 midterm elections gave the country a Democratic House of Representatives that celebrates the diversity of America in the 21st century. Women voted, women campaigned and over one hundred women, a record-breaking number, were elected to Congress.

Donald Trump’s reaction was a bellicose press conference that bordered on hysterical. He threw down the gauntlet in the Mueller investigation and fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, replacing him with Trump loyalist Mark Whitaker as Acting Attorney General. Whitaker’s qualifications, as well as the constitutionality of his appointment, are in question.

We just might have obstruction of justice in plain sight. It is clear that once sworn in, the new House of Representatives is in for quite a fight from the man in the White House as it calls for his accountability and that of his administration to the American people after two years of Republican protection. The incoming House will also have to tend to the business of maintaining health care for all Americans, especially those with pre-existing conditions, America’s dire need for improved infrastructure, and protecting the interests of the middle class from Trumpism that benefits the ultra-rich. It’s a tall order that calls for the steady hand of experience.

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Nancy Pelosi (CA 12th District), currently the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, has spent the last 31 years in Congress. From 2007 to 2011 she served as the 52nd Speaker of the House, the only woman to ever serve as Speaker. This is the highest political office a woman has held in America. She relinquished the gavel when the Republicans took over the majority in the House after the 2010 midterm elections. Pelosi has proven she is a match for any man including Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. She knows the ropes in Congress just as well as he does. Pelosi never shrinks from a worthy fight. It was Nancy Pelosi who stood tough when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was in jeopardy after the 2010 special election in Massachusetts to fill the Senate seat of Ted Kennedy was surprisingly won by Republican Scott Brown. 

Pelosi rejected the idea of watering down the ACA to please Republicans and urged President Barack Obama to press forward knowing it was now or never for affordable health care for all Americans. Pelosi led the Democratic Caucus in the successful fight to pass the ACA with guts and determination. On February 7, 2018 Pelosi broke the record for the longest speech on the House floor when she spoke for more than eight hours in support of the Dreamers.

Nancy Pelosi has demonstrated time and time again the leadership, knowledge, and sense of purpose needed in the House of Representative to check Donald J. Trump as he insists on taking the nation down a dark path rejected by the majority of American voters. She is expected to run again for Speaker at the opening of the 116th United States Congress on January 3, 2019.

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA 43rd District) was elected to Congress in 1990. Always outspoken she soon found a leadership role among her peers. Waters was one of the first to openly question the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s election as president and she hasn’t stopped since. She continues to call out the President even in the face of his constant public ridicule.

Maxine Waters is indeed a profile in courage as she fearlessly continues to tell the American people the truth about the man in the Oval Office. As the current Ranking Member on the House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Waters will take the gavel of that very powerful committee on January 3, 2019 when the new Congress opens. Among her powers will be the power to investigate Deutsche Bank and the Trump family. Expect a fight.

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It’s hard to believe that we would have witnessed the surge of women to seats in Congress in 2018 without the presidential run of Hillary Clinton in 2016. Clinton is the first woman to be nominated for the office of president of the United States by a major party. Trump can’t steal that away from her any more than he can change the fact she beat him by almost 3 million votes in the popular election. Hillary is not president today because of an antiquated compromise to get the rural slave states to join the Union called the Electoral College. A compromise that made the loser the winner in 2016, but Hillary showed us possibilities, and women answered the call in 2018. Hillary’s post-2016 election project Onward Together encourages women to run for office, to organize, to get involved and offers support to the women who do.

In all likelihood, the young women who will take the baton of leadership from Pelosi, Waters and Clinton are among those women elected to the 116th Congress. This is a time for them to learn and be ready to walk forward in the footsteps of these three wise women when they are soon called to serve as the leaders of the new generation.

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