tv Nancy Pelosis Artifacts Donation to Smithsonian CSPAN March 24, 2018 7:05pm-8:01pm EDT
i am john gray and i have the privilege of being your director of your national museum of american history. it is a privilege to welcome so many distinguished guests to a celebration of women first as part of our nations celebration of women's history month. we really welcome democratic leader nancy pelosi. [applause] mr. gray: congresswoman, smithsonian region, and our board member doris matsui. [applause] congresswoman katherine mcmorris rodgers. [applause] mr. gray: anchor and managing editor of pbs newshour and our
board member, judy woodruff. [applause] regents: smithsonian john fahey and steve case. [applause] secretary david scorton of the smithsonian. [applause] mr. gray: and provost john davis. [applause] and so many members of congress and distinguished guests. [applause] mr. gray: today, we are adding new firsts to the national collection. the suit, gavel, and other important objects from the swearing-in ceremony where representative nancy pelosi
became the first woman speaker of the house of representatives. here at the national museum, we preserve and share a collection of national treasures on behalf of the american people, and indeed the world, to demonstrate the power of american history, to help us make sense of this complicated present, and shape a more humane future. and it is the future that matters. ultimately, history is important not because it is about the past. history matters because it helps us understand where we have come from and where we should be going. today, there is no more important mission been working to bring the nation together around the very things that are valued by americans. fundamental american ideals and ideas like democracy, opportunity, freedom that join us as a people. behind me is an extraordinary
array of objects that speak to this journey of women's firsts in american history, and these newest donations are part of our museum's long-standing effort to document and present the story of women in america. wingto my right is our new , dedicated to democracy, the nation we build together, which features our keystone exhibitions american democracy, a greatly but faith, and many voices, one nation. in this nation founded on "we the people," our exhibitions examine how our nation has defined who are the people, which includes the critical story of women striving for citizenship and equality. our new wing inspires all americans to participate in our democracy by featuring national treasures, including the 1848 table on which elizabeth cady
stanton drafted the declaration of sentiments, susan b anthony's iconic red shawl, and be jailed for freedom within of allison paul. as we look forward to the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, we are excited to be planning two exhibitions opening in 2020. the coming women, how girls changed history will use our rich collection to explore how young women have been actively involved in expanding the rights of all women and indeed all people in politics, workplace, and the marketplace. and creating icons, how we remember women's suffrage will use the national treasures to celebrate women's achievements in winning suffrage and invite audiences to explore how we celebrate what we remember, but also what we have forgotten about this pivotal moment.
it is now my pleasure to introduce the 13th secretary of the smithsonian institution, david scorton. mr skorton: good morning everyone and thank you very much for being here. in 1936, the writer eudora ramsey richardson published a book titled "the women's speaker." , notet orator congressional leader, but that distinction would have been obvious to readers when the book was published. at that time, the idea of a women serving as speaker of the house of representatives was almost inconceivable. argued that ifok women hope to advance in politics, business, and society, they needed to become more
effective public speakers. two. end, richardson offered a number of helpful tips. thatxample, she observed women often "oil the effect -- spoil the effect of their speeches by wearing the wrong clothes." she recommended the attire be so inconspicuous that the audience would scarcely remember it. i'm not sure what she would have thought about a burgundy colored suit. this advice seems ridiculous and to meet meaning today -- to me today,ning -- demeaning but it is a good reminder that a book purchase in the decade would grow up to be the first woman speaker of the house. [applause] mr. skorton: this idea remained improbable for several decades after that, until nancy pelosi
actually did it. when nancy pelosi arrived in washington, there were just 24 women in the house of representatives. the top tiers in both chambers were men. while a handful of trailblazing women had served in leadership roles, not one had ever been elected by her colleagues as the head of her party, something that leader pelosi has now done in every congress since 2002, 8 times in all. [applause] mr. skorton: so the gavel that we are adding to the museum's collection on this wonderful day is more than an artifact of america's political history. it is also a testament to nancy pelosi's tireless leadership over the course of her career and her determination to defy the odds.
,hank you, leader pelosi forgiving the united states of america this gift. [applause] graykorton: as director mentioned, the gavel will join a growing collection of objects in the smithsonian museums that commemorate women's bursts. you -- women's firsts. you can see some of the objects behind me now. from the national museum of african american history and culture, the outfit that marian anderson wore during her historic performance at the lincoln memorial on easter sunday in 1939. anderson went on to become the first african-american singer, woman or man, to perform at the metropolitan opera. from this museum, the national museum of american history, we have a uniform worn by anna mae hayes, who in 1970 became the first woman promoted to general
in the u.s. armed forces. we also have a judicial robe from sandra day o'connor, the first woman to serve on the supreme court and a fierce champion of women everywhere. from the national air and space museum, we have the in-flight spacesuit that astronaut sally in 1983 when she became the first american woman in space. each of these women defied the odds to achieve what they did, and we at the smithsonian are proud to add leader pelosi to the list of groundbreaking women whose incredible stories we are privileged to tell every day. now it is my great honor to introduce another leader who is making history today, a woman whose journey has taken her from her family's orchard in eastern washington to the state house of representatives, where she became the first woman to lead either party to the united states congress, where she now serves as chair of the house
republican conference. please welcome representative cathy mcmorris rodgers. rep. rodgers: thank you, david, and everyone, for the warm welcome. as we celebrate women's history month, i come into want to congratulate a remarkable trailblazer, democratic leader nancy pelosi. [applause] because of her donation, young women who visit the smithsonian will now have a close-up view of the story behind america's first woman speaker of the house, and i know they will be inspired. at the beginning of this year, someone challenged me to write my story in 10 words or less. i thought i would share it with you, quickly.
pioneer. both sides of my family came out to the northwest on the oregon trail. trailblazer. i was the first in my family to graduate from college, the 200 woman ever elected to the house of representatives. i was 35 and single when i was elected to congress, so this is noteworthy. wife. working mom of three. ability advocate. and trust builder. of course, none of this would have been possible without trailblazers who paved the way for me, like susan b anthony. susan b anthony, a republican, was a pioneer for the women's suffrage movement. to see her legacy, you don't have to look further than my home state of washington. at eight years old, anna smith developed attended a speech by susan b anthony. she asked the crowd if they
wanted women to vote and devoe was the first arise to her feet and she never stop standing. known to many as the mother of women's suffrage, later moved to washington state and spearheaded our successful push for women's suffrage. years later, the rest of the country followed the west's lead and the 19th amendment became law. susan b anthony had no idea that her speech that day would inspire one of the most influential suffragettes to be. she did not leave to see jeanette rankin, who became the first woman elected to congress in 1917, and she did not know that in 1920, women across the united states would have the right to vote. she certainly did not know today that we would be celebrating her and all women like devoe or rankin or leader pelosi, who she
inspired. so i am very grateful to the smithsonian institute for your work to share the stories of these women, who have inspired generations of americans to chase their dreams. the american women's history initiative will provide us the opportunity to think about those who live today and create the next generation of women. when girls like my daughter's walk into this museum, it is my hope that they are inspired to live courageously, follow their hearts, see potential, believe in themselves, and be risktakers . for the mothers and sisters who joined them, may we never forget to support them and keep dreaming, too, because no dream bank and and -- is too no goal is too far-fetched. thank you, and i wish you nothing but success. [applause] , pleasegers: and now
welcome pbs newshour anchor and managing editor judy woodruff. [applause] ms. woodruff: thank you, john gray for the invitation to be here this morning. at theoud to be here museum of american history, which showcases the most important moments of our history as a nation and includes some of the most important moment in the life of american women. women in the fight to end slavery, earning the right to vote, building a women's rights movement. the first woman in space, and so much more. there is a treasure trove here of memorabilia. if you have not seen it, you must come back and spend time in this museum. it is on display and it is behind-the-scenes. it is very much worth your time.
all of these things matter, but so does the way we measure political power, by whom we elect to office to lead us and whom those we elect choose to lead them. there have been 54 speakers of the house of representatives. some of the most notable names in american political history. but until 2007, all of them were suits and ties. i would also note that before 2013, there were 38 chairs of the house republican conference, including joe cannon, gerald ford, jack kemp, and in the 1940's a member from michigan named roy woodruff. i have got to find out if we are related. i don't think we are. but there was only one woman before cathy mcmorris rodgers. women inere are 105 the house of representatives, 21
in the senate, almost 20% of the congress. that is four times as many house members and 10 times as many senators as 30 years ago, when nancy pelosi came to congress. we still have a long way to go. i'm going to go out on a limb and predict that that number is going to increase significantly in the next congress and the congress after that. [applause] ms. woodruff: and who knows, women in the majority, that's coming. [applause] after all, a woman's place is in the house. [laughter] ms. woodruff: and in the senate, or any other political office. [applause] the progress,
insufficient though it is in my profession, journalism, tracks pretty closely. women reporters were very much in the minority for most of this modern era. it was, after all, the boys on the bus, until geraldine ferraro was picked as the first woman on a national ticket in 1984. then we started to see more and more women reporters joining the guys. it was only five years ago that my dear colleague and friend, the late, wonderful gwen eiffel and i, became the first women coanchors of a nationally broadcast news program. [applause] and i am delighted that a couple of weeks ago it was announced that the current ranks of sunday talk shows, so many years anchored only by men, are now again joined by a woman.
cbs's market brennan -- margaret brennan. we see progress everywhere we look, but as in politics, journalism has a long way to go. these past six months have produced an awakening in hollywood, television, and politics about the way women have been treated too often and the unfair hurdles that have been created. some of the stories are tragic. andthe me too movement frances mcdormand's inclusion rider from sunday night at the academy awards are a clarion call that we are never going back. [applause] when the gentlelady from california took this gavel a decade ago, mothers like me, irrespective of philosophy or party, gathered our daughters to watch and the tell them that
this shows that no dream and no aspiration is beyond their reach. there will be hundreds of thousands of young women and girls who will see and be inspired by this exhibit. they also may be in awe of the elegance of the pantsuit, leader pelosi. i know i am. and i reaffirm what they will see, that they will be inspired and women will go on to do great things. what a special day. thank you so much for having me. now let's hear from someone who knows leader pelosi well, who has blazed her own trail in american politics, representative doris matsui. [applause] rep. matsui: first of all, i want to thank judy woodruff for some wonderful, inspirational
words. [applause] rep. matsui: thank you, judy. and i also want to thank cathy mcmorris rodgers for her inspirational story and appreciate very much that she was also here to celebrate with us. i am honored to be here today, both as a member of the smithsonian board of regents and a friend of leader nancy pelosi, to celebrate the first woman who was sworn in as speaker of the house. [applause] appropriately, we are marking this occasion during women's history month. as you all know, there are always lots of exciting exhibits and things happening here at the smithsonian, but i am particularly thrilled that the smithsonian is becoming even more focused on women's issues. i know that as a new provost, john davis will be a vital part
of this new emphasis, and i'm excited to hear what the secretary is going to be announcing toward the end of the program. donatingader pelosi is mementos from her historic time as speaker. and that is appropriate that nancy was the first female to be in that role, because throughout her career she has been a constant advocate for bringing women to the table. too.t to also say this, we have marvelous men, too. i want to acknowledge paul pelosi, our great friend. [applause] aboutatsui: and talking tables, nancy had a big table. five children, four of which are
here today. welcome. and also a grandchild, a grandson is here, representing many other grandchildren, right? thank you for being here. [applause] with this exhibit that we're having here today, young girls from across the country and across the globe will be inspired to embark on their own journeys to run for office and contribute in their communities. i saw this quote from maya angelou, who said "each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it, possibly without claiming it, she stands up for all women." to me, that speaks finances impact as a role model -- that speaks to nancy's impact as a role model for young girls everywhere.
whether she is working to expand access to health care, protecting young immigrants, or ensuring that consumers have a voice, nancy pelosi is sometimes the only woman at the negotiating table. i know that she takes that responsibility very seriously and has continuously been a voice for the voiceless as she shapes some of the most important policy decisions of our country and our day. she believes that our country is only as strong as our weakest link. now, every time i am in a room with nancy, she talks about our nation's children and how we must approach everything we do with their futures in mind. this commitment to future generations is evident in
everything she does in congress. when nancy was speaker of the house, she worked in close partnership with president obama to pass the american recovery and reinvestment act. [applause] which provided relief to families in peril. she led congress in passing strong wall street reform with the dodd frank wall street reform and consumer protection act. [applause] rep. matsui: her leadership was critical to the passage of the affordable care act. yes. [applause] [cheers] which today
provides health insurance for millions of americans. she has continually fought for an agenda that ensures americans have access to opportunities, especially young people and women. i cannot emphasize enough the importance of nancy pelosi's leadership. her unwavering voice, experience, judgment, strong sense of values, her ability to stand eight hours in high heels -- [laughter] [applause] rep. matsui: all have been critical as we worked in congress to stand up for the principles of inclusion, diversity, and economic opportunity. , i am so always grateful to have the honor to introduce my dear friend and
pivotal leader for women, children, and people everywhere, leader nancy pelosi. [applause] [cheers] rep. pelosi: good morning, everyone. thank you so much. what a beautiful gathering. it is a great privilege to join halln this historic flag and to stand before the star-spangled banner to affirm this vital truth, that women's history is america's history. [applause] rep. matsui: -- rep. pelosi: how wonderful to be
joined by judy woodruff, an icon of journalism, and national american history museum board of alumna. thank you to secretary david skorton and his wife robin, director john gray, and the smithsonian institution for their exceptional work to preserve our nation's history as we inspire our next generation of trailblazers and change makers. let us salute the regents, the board, and the staff, which of course viewers -- which of course doris matsui is one. let us salute the leadership. [applause] put thissi: just to summer krohn perspective, because when i was first invited
to find this suit somewhere in the back of my closet and send it to the cleaners -- [laughter] rep. pelosi: know that, ok. and then to present some of , i was totally embarrassed. but i thought about it and i thought, on behalf of the women and women in congress, i accept this honor. because as a young girl, i was drawn to the smithsonian as a source of -- now i know it is history, but my drawing was of creativity, discovery, and innovation. coming from baltimore, it was a very big deal to come to the smithsonian. little did i know i would be returning here at this time to sharing somement, artifacts from my time as speaker of the house of representatives. widening go a
circle. let me thank my family. it is a joy to be joined by my family. my husband paul, three of our daughters, our son paul jr., and our grandson. [applause] -- matsui: rep. pelosi: they have all shared many hours at the smithsonian. my fastest speakership begin in baltimore, where my father was mayor. i was raised in a large family that was devoutly catholic, deeply patriotic, proud of our italian american heritage, and staunchly democratic. my parents taught us that public service was a noble calling and that we had a responsibility to help people in need. my parents were on the side of the angels and now they are with them. the values they taught me have always been a source of strength and guidance that led me to trinity college, a place that is that said the young women, you can do anything you set out to do.
it is a great joy to be here with current students and future leaders from trinity and my friend, charity president -- trinity president pat mcguire. [applause] rep. pelosi: and thank you it's one of my closest friends and roommates from college, celia hagerty, who is here with her granddaughter cecelia. [laughter] -- [applause] rep. pelosi: my values instilled in me by my parents and trinity are embodied by my lovely city of san francisco. i'm grateful to my constituents for the joy and privilege of representing them in congress. st. francis of assisi is the patron saint of the city of san francisco and his prayer is our anthem. lord, make me a channel of my peas. where there is darkness, maybe bring light. where there is hatred, may we bring love. where there is despair, may we bring hope.
i said that the day i was born sworn in, because it was in that spirit i was sent to congress. i'm humbled by my colleagues, who had the courage to elect the first woman speaker of the house. that was no small feat. bringing us closer to the ideal of equality that is america's hope and heritage. i'm great. many of my colleagues are here today. -- i am grateful many of my colleagues are here today. [applause] rep. pelosi: stand up, all right. colleagues and former colleagues. quite frankly, if there had not been so many more women elected to congress, we would not have had a woman speaker, so i am pleased so many of our women members are here, led by lois frankel, chairwoman of the women's caucus.
and stretching the term colleague to the senate, i am honored that just an angel is here with us, senator elizabeth dole. [applause] help butsi: i can't mention that two men who are here, the men members and former members, but our former leader dick gephardt. thank you so much for the opportunity you have provided to women in congress. and jim clyburn is here as well. the american women's history initiative honors extraordinary american women. as i said, i accept this complement on behalf of my colleagues.
and it celebrates groundbreaking achievements. the pieces of history we highlight today from heroes such as sally ride. we all said the sky is the limit. sally said we are going beyond that. sandra day o'connor, marion anderson, and that list will go on and on, but what an on her to be included among these first to commemorate momentous milestones in american history and inspire the next generation of trailblazers. i want to thank congressman trustee,smithsonian for leadership of the smithsonian and for exceptional leadership of california in the congress of the united states. thank you for your kind words, doris matsui, and for your leadership. [applause] rep. pelosi: and the congresswoman cathy mcmorris rodgers, thank you for sharing your personal story with us and giving us a message of women and confidence. message wemportant
want women to take and have. see yourself, know your power, go for it. hy has certainly done that and we are so inspired by her pride in washington state's role in all of this. thank you, madam chair. [applause] rep. pelosi: we are all grateful for the tireless efforts of representative carolyn maloney. where are you? sponsor of the smithsonian women's history museum act and dedicated members of the women's history commission for their work to give women's history the recognition it deserves. thank you, carolyn and members of the board. [applause] rep. pelosi: needless to say, it is a profound honor to participate in this effort. in 2007, i was granted the opportunity to shatter the
marble ceiling when i was sworn in as the first woman speaker of the house, surrounded by children. was just a baby in arms that day. i said to our daughters and granddaughters, we made history, now we must make progress. together we did make progress to build a more perfect union. our fathers envisioned a nation that honors e pluribus unum. they could not have imagined how many and how different we would be, but they knew we had to be one. america's history has been one of ever-expanding freedom, an ongoing journey of progress toward freedom, equality, and justice, from expanding freedom for women in the workplace with the lilly ledbetter better pay act, to freedom for men and women in uniform with the repeal of don't ask, don't tell, to familieseedoms for
as the founders intended when they declared life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as the pursuit of our nation. we did that, i think, with the affordable care act. a healthy life, freedom to pursue your happiness. again, ever-expanding circle of friends and freedom. yet our work is not done. our mission to build a future in which every person can enjoy the blessings of liberty that is the american birthright, a future that honors the values of our founders, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, our veterans and families, and the aspirations of our children. because it is all about the children, all about the future. to build that future, we need more women in every area of our democracy. don't you agree? [applause] on the campus and in the congress, on school boards and community groups, in boardrooms and courtrooms and
the voting booth and the markets on the mall. women have marched, now you must run. and they are. judy acknowledged that. nothing is more wholesome to our democracy than the increased participation of women in the politics and government of our nation. 100 years ago, as chairwoman mcmorris rodgers mentioned, jeannette rankin stood on the house floor and demanded women a full place in our democracy. she was elected to congress before women have the right to vote in the whole country. this is not for the faint of heart. [laughter] now addssi: we stand another watershed moment in history. brave women from every corner of the country, every industry, every walk of life are showing their power. they are speaking to defend their health and family, standing up to demand respect for their rights and dignity. they are proudly claiming the
full inheritance and rightful place in our democracy. we need the voices of all women. we need their courage and strength, because when women succeed, america succeeds. are here talking history, i thought i would share this story with you. you make your own judgment about it. leader,as first elected i went to my first meeting at the white house as leader. president bush was president. this was acknowledged at the table. i was not apprehensive about going to the white house. i had been there many times as an appropriater, a member of the intelligence committee. i did not think about being apprehensive. when i got there and the door closed behind me and i looked at that this i realized was unlike any other meeting i had ever been to at the white house. in fact, it was unlike any meeting any woman had ever been to at the white house.
not a cabinet meeting -- women are there and that is great, the power derives from the president. to be there as a representative of my caucus, my beautiful, diverse caucus, over 50% women, minorities, and lgbt, to bring a woman's voice of the table. president bush was president, ever gracious, ever lovely. beautiful, welcoming remarks to me to join the table. while he was speaking, i felt very closed in in my chair. i had never had that phenomenon before or since, but i felt very close in my chair. it was susan b. anthony, elizabeth cady stanton, alice hall, lucretia mott, sojourner truth -- and they were all in the chair with me. say, at lastthem we have a seat at the table. [applause]
rep. pelosi: and then they were gone. and my first thought was, we want more. [laughter] rep. pelosi: we want more and we won't rest until we have more. i knew of course that i was standing on the shoulders of these brave pioneers. imagine their courage in their day to do what they did. we all have to have strong shoulders for the next generation to succeed and stand on our shoulders. , i hope thato say as doris quoted my angelo and the beautiful remarks of chairman noris rogers, and the beautiful remarks that judy had to say, and the gentleman as well.
john gray, thank you. women should understand this. be confident, there is nobody like you. know your power, make your difference. but it is not a zero-sum game. when onengelou said, woman succeeds, it is a victory for all women, and we must support each other, because it is for the good of the country and our children. i just want to share another moment with president bush with all of you. this was so moving to me and i was so grateful to him. at the first state of the union where i was speaker -- the first time a woman is sitting behind the president -- president bush told me, i have a surprise for you. you never know what that could be. [laughter] rep. pelosi: it could be a veto or his signature. that would really be a surprise. [laughter] rep. pelosi: we worked very closely together, as a matter of fact.
president bush graciously marked a milestone. he came and briskly, marched up to the podium. he began his remarks by saying, tonight i have a high privilege own astinct honor of my the first president to begin the state of the union message with these words, madam speaker. [applause] rep. pelosi: he went on to reference my father. i said he was mayor, but before that he was a member of congress and i was born then. he said, thomas dallas on row -- thomas served here and a shared in lively debate in congress for our country, but never could he have imagined that one day his daughter born then would be
speaker of the house. that was so lovely of president bush. let's always room and relevant nor roosevelt, a teacher belongs to those who believe -- the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. it is all about the future. it is my hope that my participation in this initiative will inspire our daughters and granddaughters to fight for more change, more progress, and more access to their rightful seat at the table. in fact, at the head of the table. [applause] rep. pelosi: this is the gavel, this is the floor speech, this is the congressional record. and this is the tally. [laughter] [applause] rep. pelosi: i thought that would be an interesting artifact. it is all about the vote. i feel so blessed. i could tell the story of so many of you in this room and your story, and that's what it
is about, making people understand the stories we all have, what motivates us, what is our purpose, what is our plan, how do we think in a strategic way to get the job done for the american people. e pluribus unum, bringing people together. bipartisan, transparent, unifying way for our country. this is a very special honor to be part of this mission. i feel very blessed in so many ways, with your friendship as well and your support for women in our country. god bless all of you and god bless the united states of america. thank you so much. [applause]
rep. pelosi: we are going to sign something now, i think. >> hello, i am lisa kathleen grady and i have the pleasure to be one of this museum's political history curators. [applause] the most amazing part of my the objectsfeguard that will help us tell the story of america and her people. these newest artifacts, the suit, the gavel, the speech, the congressional record, and the tally sheet, will find a home in the museum's treasured clinical history collection. -- treasured political history collection. they will join the writing box on which thomas jefferson wrote the declaration of independence, used to draft the
emancipation proclamation, and the gavel wielded by susan b anthony, who wielded gavels before women held national elected office, and this wonderful clothing on the stage from all across the institution. these are the tools and uniforms that women wear to do their job, whether their job is fighting for equality, commanding the rps, ruling ono law from the highest rent in the land, exploring faith, or governing a nation. on behalf of the museum, i would like to thank leader pelosi for donations that will help us tell the continuing story of american women and american democracy, and i would be honored if you would sign. that will complete your donation to the nation. [applause]
>> thank you again, leader pelosi, for those wonderful remarks. [applause] this is a very special occasion, identifying very important points in the past and present of leaders in this country. but we at the smithsonian recognize that for every women's first that we celebrate here and throughout the smithsonian, there are really countless american women whose achievements are underrated, undervalued, and sometimes completely unrecognized. these women, too, have made their indelible marks on our nation, and we feel it is our responsibility as an institution
to share more of their stories with the american people and the world. that is why today we are very proud to announce the kickoff of the planning phase for a major american women's history initiative throughout the smithsonian. [applause] mr. skorton: this initiative will go throughout the depth and breadth of the smithsonian. later this year, provost davis and i will announce the details of the initiative, which will elevate the profile of women and their contributions across all of our museum's exhibitions and public programs. with that as our goal, we will begin immediately to undertake a comprehensive review of the millions and millions of items across the collections of all of our museums and centers and recommending the additional work that should and will be done to recognize the extraordinary achievements of women in
politics and science, culture, and every other aspect of our national life. we will be drawing on lessons we have learned over the last 20 years through our very successful effort to increase latino presence in the smithsonian museums that began in the 1990's. i'm going to take a special moment to thank members of the congressional commission that put together such a very important roadmap for the country in disregard. thank you -- in this regard. thank you. [applause] mr. skorton: yes, women's history is american history. this initiative will help us more fully tell the story of all americans, an obligation that every one of us at the smithsonian feels very deeply and which we are very proud and excited to pursue. we look forward to your advice. we look forward to your ideas. let's work together to make this
initiative the success it needs and deserves to be. thank you, everyone. [applause] >> this has been an extraordinary morning to celebrate so many important first in our history. today we thank you, leader pelosi. [applause] mr. gray: i urge you all to come back and explore what it means to be american at your national museum of american history and the smithsonian. thank you all very, very much. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
1968:cer: this sunday on america in turmoil, the presidential election began with eight presidential candidates. by the end, the sitting president bowed out, robert kennedy was assassinated, television coverage is dominated by violent clashes between police and protesters at the democratic convention, and richard nixon won a decisive victory. joining us on the program, former presidential pat buchanan , who served under nixon and reagan, and also the author of and greatest comeback," barbara perry, director of presidential studies and codirector of the presidential oral history program at the university of virginia. turmoil,8: america in live sunday at 8:30 eastern on
c-span's washington journal and american history tv on c-span3. c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. sunday morning, >> c-span's washington journal live every day with policy that impact you. coming up, we'll talk about our arch for lives rally and teenagers engaging in political activism with political reporter -- and patrick buchanan and barbara perry, presidential tudies director at the miller center, will discuss the 1968 presidential campaign as part of c-span's 1968 america in turmoil series. be sure to washington, d.c. journal life at 7:00 eastern morning.
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