Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority:

The Feminist Majority endorses and strongly supports Nancy Pelosi for re-election as the Democratic House Leader.  Her strong leadership and encyclopedic knowledge of the issues, her total commitment and passion for Democratic values of inclusivity and equality for all, her dedication to an economy that builds the middle class and works to reduce poverty, as well as her indefatigable work and fundraising is critically needed at this very challenging time. We know Leader Pelosi will stand strong and effectively galvanize the Democratic caucus to fight the horrific anti-women, anti-civil rights, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and anti-LGBT policies and promises of the Trump Administration and the Republican House majority.

Her extensive knowledge and commitment to women’s issues is also especially needed as the Republican majority will try to repeal and replace Obamacare and its preventive care services for women’s health and well-being; to defund family planning; to pass outrageous abortion restrictions threatening women’s health and well-being; to privatize social security; to voucherize Medicare; and to block grant and cut funding to Medicaid.  We must not forget that women are now 60% of the Democratic vote and Pelosi’s leadership is especially needed when the Republicans will try to strip social services women vitally need.

We are extremely fortunate to have a strong Democratic House leader who has demonstrated through both good and bad times that her knowledge and experience maximizes the power of the Democratic caucus in the House. Pelosi has shown time and time again her skill and leadership at keeping together a very diverse Democratic House caucus.”

CONTACT: Gabby Lanzetta – 703-522-2214