April 4th, 2014
04:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Nancy Pelosi on Hillary Clinton, women in politics: 'I never expected anything but a double standard'

(CNN) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday if there's a double standard for women in power, Hillary Clinton's felt it.

In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, the top House Democrat said, "If Hillary Clinton thinks there is a double standard - she's been in the main event, and that is a presidential race - then I respect that."

Watch more of Pelosi's interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union," Sundays at 9 a.m. / 12 p.m. ET

Pelosi's comments follow remarks Clinton made Thursday at a women's forum in New York, lamenting what she billed as a double standard for women in the workplace. Clinton pointed to the media as being the biggest propagator of that imbalance.

For her part, Pelosi said she "never expected anything but a double standard" though, "I don't know if it's the media or whether people say things that's news that you have to cover."

Pelosi, 74, has represented California for over two decades. She was the first woman to lead a major congressional party, as well as the first female speaker of the House, serving from 2007 to 2011.

"Let me just say as one who has been speaker of the House, I've had to have a very thick skin about every kind of thing that was thrown at me," she said.

Pelosi said women with political aspirations have told her they decide against running for office to shield their families from the intense media scrutiny of a female candidate that men might not face.

Clinton is considered the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination should she decide to step into the 2016 presidential race.

The former secretary of state, first lady and 2008 presidential candidate has been outspoken in recent public appearances about the challenges facing women, particularly those in positions of power.

Clinton appeared at the New York event with International Monetary Fund chair Christine Lagarde.

The two high-profile female political figures participated in a question and answer session where they discussed a wide range of topics, one of which was women pursuing career ambitions.

Both were asked about their respective prospects for higher office - and both declined to answer.

CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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soundoff (92 Responses)

    wELL THEN, vote the GOP TRASH OUT in November. What are you going to do , vote for the GOP because they have an R after their name or vote for the dems who give you healthcare and hike the minimum wage and respect voter RIGHTS and don't get us in unfounded wars and waste taxpayer dollars with endless WHITCHUNT hunts at 1.5 million a piece for healthcare repeal votes, 55 . What's 1.5 million times 55. You can figure it out , it's your money. GOP out in nov!!!!!

    April 4, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Chris-E...al

    Yea thats how democratic women fill im sure 'Looked down apon by their democratic leaders ' Thats why they should vote republican where they will have a sh0t at life an not be told what they can do with their bodies and be treated with respect and treated fairly like they deserve for a change . .

    April 4, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. yolanda

    Yes Nancy, it appears that you do have very thick skin, especially just below the eyes........

    April 4, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |

    I'm pretty sure CNN broke the airbrush gun on that picture of her above.

    April 4, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    " vote republican where they will have a sh0t at life an not be told what they can do with their bodies"
    No comment. You did all the work for me.

    April 4, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque


    Treated with respect and fairly???? Okay, "Honey hustle your cute little buns into the kitchen and cook me up some meat and taters, and make that screaming kid of YOURS shut up. Oh and bring me back a beer, Baaaabay." Ah, the American Dream.

    April 4, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. yolanda

    @Don, that's why you live in Albuquerque, because you're so open minded and worldly. It must be great to be you.

    April 4, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque


    Can't recognize humor when you see it? Must be tough being you.

    April 4, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. don in albuquerque


    Sorry, satire is just beyond you.

    April 4, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Me


    Apparently you require way more attention than I am willing to extend to you.

    I wish you the best of days, Me.
    I am not sure what you mean by that, I did not expect or even care about a reply.

    But I do hope you have a good day and weekend as well!

    April 4, 2014 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. kurt

    "Yes Nancy, it appears that you do have very thick skin, especially just below the eyes........"

    And thus you prove the point about the double standard.

    April 4, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Time to end the double standards imposed on women. Stand up and fight aganist gender bias and bigotry. Smash the glass ceiling into a million pieces by voting for Hillary in 2016.

    April 4, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. John

    The interesting thing is that other women are the most outspoken and negatively judge mental about fellow women in power.

    April 4, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. father of 4

    Yeah the Republican party really cares about women, Lets see what they do with their bodies because you know they are not smart enough to think for themselves. (Sarcasm) They do not need to make the same amount of money as the male counterpart because well they are women. A single mother does not need any help because all she really needs is a husband to take care of her. Yeah the Republicans really care about women, so much that they want to make all your life choices for you. Good luck with that.

    April 4, 2014 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    This from the representative who voted, and encouraged all of the House to vote for, a bill absolutely no one had read!

    I think we deserve better than that from all of them........men AND women!

    April 4, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. fisher1949

    Imagine a calendar with all of the lefts darlings like the Witch of Whitewater Cankles, Fossil Feinstein, Blabs Mikulski, Barbarella Boxerface, Crazy Pelosi and Lez Warren, it would look like a Crypt Keeper audition. There isn’t a double standard Cankles, you’re just an old hag.

    Maybe Hillary could talk about how she stole $6 billion while she was in charge of the State Department.

    April 4, 2014 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. The don

    Bill Clinton sure treated women with a double "standard".

    April 4, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Chris-E...al

    Don @ That is funny bud . I have know a few like that . They were dems and anti-gun .

    April 4, 2014 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Name

    Adam and Eve...

    April 4, 2014 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. liar of 2013

    It's so amazing how all the democrat libs have no reason and accountability. I mean everything is always everybody else's fault. If you disagree your there enemy. Lib women its the men holding me back, blacks everybody's racist, Hispanic they just are being used and lied to by democrats, I mean they just want jobs like republicans do. Asians also being used by democrats they also just want jobs like republicans do. So why don't all you crybaby blacks and lib women start your own freeloader crybaby state and shutup. Your like a bunch of jealous brats

    April 4, 2014 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. brownbuttonglutton

    Lol. Unreal.

    April 4, 2014 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. destroyerofeconomies

    Hillary and Nancy fell for every trick G.W. Threw at them.and somehow im supposed to trust her as president? Yeah,right

    April 4, 2014 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. Name

    oh please. hillary gets a pass BECAUSE shes a woman

    April 4, 2014 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. nik

    What does living in Albuquerque got to do with anything Yolanda??? I bet Albuquerque is a finer more educated better and more respectable city then you live in.

    April 4, 2014 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. Mark

    Democrats... perpetual victims.

    April 4, 2014 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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