10 influential women in U.S. politics

Published: Thursday, July 12 2012 9:50 a.m. MDT

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Nancy Pelosi spent 25 years as the representative for California's 28th Congressional District before becoming the Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 112th Congress. She was subsequently elected as the first woman in history to serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives and is considered to be the highest ranking female politician in U.S. history. As a heavily left-leaning Democrat, Pelosi has tried to focus much of her efforts on economic issues, although she has drawn attention for her perspectives on civil liberties, abortion and LGBT rights, as well.
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Clearfield, UT

I don't understand why Palin or Backmann are included in the list. Neither of them have any substance, and neither of them are truly influential (except, of course, with the far right wingers who have skewed the Repubican Party to the fringes. If the list-makers wanted to include truly influential Republican women, they should have included smart, accomplished women like Christine Todd Whitman or Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins instead of losers like Palin or Bachmann.

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