Webcast: March 7, 2018

Nancy Pelosi, First Woman Speaker of the House, Donates Historic Speaker’s Gavel to the National Museum of American History

Smithsonian Initiates Planning Phase for American Women’s History Initiative


On Wednesday, March 7, at a special donation ceremony, the National Museum of American History received objects from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi representing her election as the first woman Speaker of the House, including the wooden gavel given to her at her swearing-in Jan. 4, 2007, the burgundy suit she wore, and the original speech she gave that morning. Other speakers at the donation ceremony included Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Doris Matsui, and Judy Woodruff.

Secretary David Skorton also announced the planning phase of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. The five-year, pan-Institutional initiative will highlight women’s contributions and accomplishments.