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Chicago Sun-Times: Pelosi: “It is as if some people here don’t have a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter”

By Lynn Sweet

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and female House Democrats are renewing a push for what they are calling a women’s economic agenda–with top priorities still equal pay for equal work and affordable day care.

During a lunch Thursday with journalists in this steamy and hot city Pelosi said “it’s bad weather for women all around.” Public policy is “not as family friendly as it needs to be.”

The agenda also includes a boost in the minimum wage, expanding paid family and medical leave and boosting funding for day care programs–all issues tough to pass in the GOP-controlled House.

Pelosi said there will be a weekly push with events to help organize around their issues. Pelosi said her advice always is, “Don’t agonize, organize.”

The targets of this are the House Republicans.

Said Pelosi, “It is about changing the way they way they think about women. Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but I think you probably have, there is an attitude here that causes heighten concern for us to make the fight for women as we go forward. It is as if some people here don’t have a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter”

Afterwards, Pelosi headed out to the Capitol steps outside the House chamber for a small rally to kick off the launch of their “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” campaign. Among those on the steps were Illinois Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Tammy Duckworth and Robin Kelly.