Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is being honored with the annual Profile in Courage Award. She is getting the award because she has made headway for women in politics as she is the first female speaker of the house.
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was named the recipient of this year’s Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. The award, which has been called the Nobel Prize for public figures, is given for an act, or a lifetime, of political courage.”
In a statement, Caroline Kennedy called Pelosi “the most important woman in American political history.”
“Coming from Caroline, that’s an enormous compliment,” Pelosi told CBS Sunday Morning. “However, going with it are shoulders for other people to stand on. I’ve stood on many women’s shoulders, who have paved the way for us. And now we have to pave the way for others. So, it’s about the future.”
“Thin-skinned she is not, and with attacks coming at her even from within her own party, there is a lesson there: “You have to be ready to take a punch, and you have to be ready to throw a punch,” Pelosi said. “I’m in the arena. And I know that when you’re in the arena, this is what you should expect. But if you don’t have the courage, don’t get in the arena.”
“Calling him her “idol,” Pelosi also fondly recalled meeting John F. Kennedy when he was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.
“My father was the mayor of Baltimore, and there was a big dinner, black tie dinner,” Pelosi recalled, “where Senator Kennedy was going to speak. My mother, she said, ‘If you want to go in my place to the dinner, please do.’”
“The award is given for an act, or a lifetime, of political courage. It was created in 1989 and is one of the most prestigious in politics.
Past recipients include former Presidents Barack Obama, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush; the late Sen. John McCain; and civil rights champion Rep. John Lewis.”
I would not have guessed that she would be up for this type of award but seeing the past recipients it makes sense.