I was snuffling around the house this morning in an early January funk. All the fun holiday stuff is over, it's gloomy and gray but entirely without the promise if snow, the boys are back "in school" which is often a tiresome slog to get work done, and I don't get paid until the end of the month. Feh. But then I started reading the day's news and realized that there is indeed something to celebrate--Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as the first woman Speaker of the House. Earlier today she remarked:
(Today) is an historic moment for the Congress, and an historic moment for the women of this country. It is a moment for which we have waited over 200 years. Never losing faith, we waited through the many years of struggle to achieve our rights. But women weren't just waiting; women were working. Never losing faith, we worked to redeem the promise of America, that all men and women are created equal. For our daughters and granddaughters, today we have broken the marble ceiling. For our daughters and our granddaughters, the sky is the limit, anything is possible for them.
The entire text of her speech is available here.
I'm delighted to see Pelosi as Speaker, not only as a groundbreaking role for US women but because she promises to be a counterweight to Bush.