Women's Historic Firsts: Nancy Pelosi's gavel

March 7, 2018

Jaclyn Nash

Pelosi Gavel (Front)

The wooden gavel presented to Nancy Pelosi (D. Calif) when she was sworn in as the 52d Speaker of the House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2007—the first woman to hold this position. As Speaker, Pelosi attained the highest rank of any female politician in history.

Photo by Jaclyn Nash / Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

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