April 4th, 2014
04:45 PM ET
9 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

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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.

Watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley Sundays at 9am ET. For the latest from State of the Union click here.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Shelia

    The problem with these woman is there's not a double standard and they can't get away with hiding behind I'm a woman. Maybe Clinton and Pelosi should only look in the mirror and blame themselves. Besides its a known fact that it is other woman not men that cause woman problems. Why because woman vicious toward one another. A study even came out about how woman do not work well under other woman.

    April 5, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. McBob79

    Snore.... More self pity!

    April 5, 2014 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. brownbuttonglutton

    It'll come out before the 2016 election. How can she run if she is on trial?

    April 5, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. just saying

    Alert!!!! State Dept. misplaced $6B under Hillary Clinton: IG report The media are burying this story of course.

    what does it matter?!! (check hillary's secret account in switzerland)

    April 5, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Namelinda

    Nancy Pelosi is a strong woman in Congress who has brought many Congressmen to their knees. She is bad and I would advise all of you who oppose her to shut up unless you want a problem that you cannot deal with. She is more than what she appear to be and is an amazing woman. I admire her! You go Nancy!

    April 5, 2014 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. layman

    The media propagates double standards for anything if it makes them money. they also cause as many problems as they inform us of todays solutions;so at least it's balanced reporting.

    April 5, 2014 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. layman

    The media propagates double standards for anything if it makes them money. they also cause as many problems as they inform us of today's solutions;so at least it's balanced reporting.

    April 5, 2014 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. that guy

    This is what is wrong with this country today these are the people who need to be put in jail.

    April 5, 2014 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. ED1

    I can see why you haven't read anything yet so you need to vote on it.

    April 5, 2014 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  10. ED1


    The wonder of Republicans: They viscerally despise any legislature who tries to make life better in America, yet to date over these 6 long years they have done nothing positive for the majority; they have kept their wealthy plutocrats happy; and they have hacked away at civil rights and voting rights and women's rights under the guise of "sincerely held religious beliefs" (that certainly don't appear to be Christian-based)- and somehow they expect to win a popular election?

    Good luck, boys, good luck.

    I guess that's why the Republicans kept the House they were voted to stop all the out of control spending the Democrats were doing and will do the same in the Senate this year.

    Obama continues to make our Country a laughing stock with the majority of other Countries in the world.

    April 5, 2014 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  11. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    Hillary will be elected President...We cannot have our country go backwards with another republican...we have been in the darkest times...I hope people are smart enough to go back to those darkest days...

    April 6, 2014 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  12. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    *not...I meant to say...

    April 6, 2014 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  13. Dan reynolds

    While they both make terrible politicians, I'll bet they both make a mean sammich.

    April 6, 2014 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  14. scordiddo

    Double standard? Like carrying a firearm while lobbying against my right to do so? Pelosi is a hypocrite and a fraud. I hope she gets bit by a fiddleback or attacked by ground bees. I cannot say enough bad things about her.

    April 6, 2014 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  15. scordiddo

    I have lived in both Albany NY and San Francisco. Hilary has done JACK for NY. Why she was ever elected to term in a state that she'd never even been to is beyond me. And Pelosi is just an evil, conniving liar who begs for media attention. Kirstin Gillibrand, on the other hand, is a woman who doesn't play the 'It is SO hard being a woman' game. She's great.

    April 6, 2014 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  16. Norma Vessels

    All of you, who are posting that Nancy Palosi and the other Congressmen had to pass the Affordable Care Act before they could read it. Don't you realize how dumb that is? Nancy Palosi and others worked on the Affordable Care Act for MONTHS .. and they knew every detail of it before they passed it! She meant that the people, us, could read it after they passed the Bill .. so we could understand it. You people hear something somebody said off the cuff, and you run with it. You have no idea if it's true nor not, just as long as you sound smart. Well, you're not so smart, are you?

    April 6, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. Fran

    Why is Pelosi's age pointed out in this article?

    April 7, 2014 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
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