Chapter 12: “Taking Care of the Children and the Country”: Nancy Pelosi and the Trope of Motherhood in Partisan and Mainstream Media

by Sheryl L. Cunningham

What’s the significance of Nancy Pelosi’s choice to be surrounded by children in the iconic photograph of her taking office as the Speaker of the House? She is one of the Democratic women who come under fire for articulating motherhood in a way that violates the Republicans’ attempt to own “family values.”

Nancy Pelosi
Image courtesy of the New York Times


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