Let me join the hundreds who have already written about yesterday’s monumental day. That’s right. Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House. She took that gavel and cracked the marble ceiling. I think what’s important to note is that she just cracked the marble ceiling, it’s not broken down with a view of the sky. Madame Speaker did get a little carried away in her speech yesterday and declared that the marble ceiling is broken down for all of our daughters and granddaughers to soak in a view of the stars. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Madame.
Need I get into how we are the only industrialized country in the world without a federal maternity leave policy? How about how prevalent discrimination towards mothers and pregnant women is in today’s workplace. And no, not just blue collar work. Most definitely also in white collar jobs. We’ve all seen it. Where is the national healthcare? How about federally funded child care so that women can go back to work and can afford good child care for their beloved children. I could go on and on and on and on.
So – while the marble ceiling is still very much in tact…..Madame Pelosi did put a crack in it….and only time will tell how deep that crack is. Until then, let’s enjoy watching our first female Speaker, a mother of five and grandmother of I don’t know how many.