At a news conference in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that “the national security of our country is a women’s issue.”
“I want women to not just be talking about those issues, because we view every issue as a women’s issue,” stated Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “We believe the national security of our country is a women’s issue. The economic security of our country, national security, economic security, the issues that relate to energy and the rest, they are women’s issues.”
During the news conference Wednesday, a reporter brought up the “historic number of women in Congress, 100 of them,” asking Pelosi “how are they going to change the institution, and also, with you and your leadership team staying at the top, how are they going to have room to advance?”
Pelosi responded, “Well, I have always advanced Members into the leadership. They have to decide if they want to run. Many people like making their mark in their committees, and that’s a decision they have to make, but to your first part of your question, what I – some people have said to me – and I appreciate your question.”
Pelosi then said that even with more women elected to Congress, the focus shouldn’t just be on issues like child care because “we view every issue as a women’s issue.”
“Some people have said to me: Now that we have more women coming in, will we have more emphasis on things like child care and this or that? We have a big emphasis on that, and we need to make it stronger in the majority, but that’s across the board in our caucus,” Pelosi said. “I don’t want women only to be – as important as that is, and it is vitally important to women’s role in the workplace – I want women to not just be talking about those issues, because we view every issue as a women’s issue.”
Pelosi also said that it is “very important for the face of security in our country,” that women “take command and have standing” on national security issues.
“So my – what I have always tried to do with everyone here is to – if they’re interested and trying to introduce them to be interested is to have a security credential, whether it’s on Armed Services, Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, Veterans’ Affairs, Mr. Cummings’ committee of Government Oversight, Judiciary and fighting terrorism, to have a security credential,” Democratic Leader Pelosi said.
“I think this is very important for the face of security in our country,” continued Pelosi, “not to just be the men who have been doing it all along, with all due respect to their terrific leadership, but for women to take command and have standing on those issues.”