At a breakfast this morning sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that Hillary Clinton had to deal with sexism during her failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"My impression is, yes, there was sexism. My knowledge is, yes, there is sexism because there has been," Pelosi said, with a laugh, according to the New York Times. "I myself find that I get a tremendous upside being a woman, and I don't spend a lot of time worrying about sexist remarks that people make."
"I'm a victim of sexism myself all the time," Pelosi said.
Clinton and her supporters have suggested that media coverage of the race reflected a sexist attitude on the part of the press, and some in the media – including CBS "Evening News" anchor Katie Couric – have backed up that claim.
"Like her or not, one of the great lessons of that campaign is the continued, and accepted, role of sexism in American life, particularly in the media," Couric said in a Web video, contrasting the coverage of Barack Obama to that of Clinton.
Pelosi did see positives in Clinton's run, saying this morning that "Senator Clinton has advanced the cause of women in government and her candidacy has been a very positive tonic for the country and had a very wholesome effect on the political process."
She added that Clinton benefited from women being "wildly enthusiastic" about her run, according to the Times.