Capitol Sisterhood: 2019 Women in Politics

There are many political women in Washington, D.C., of course, and Georgetown has its fair share. Besides Rep. Donna Shalala, the town can boast of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, second in succession to the president, and others. Here is a preview of some future Georgetowner profiles.


She’s from Baltimore, represents San Francisco and lives at the Georgetown waterfront. Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi — soon to be 79 — is a scion of a Charm City political family. She went to Trinity College here, where she met her husband Paul, a Georgetown University alum. Once again, Speaker of the House, she is the highest-ranking elected woman in U.S. history. Watch this top cat herd all those Congressional cats in the year ahead.


At 86, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Supreme Court justice, feminist icon and movie star; she made a cameo this year in “On the Basis of Sex,” about a landmark case she championed against discrimination. She’s also the subject of a documentary, “RBG,” and a favorite lady about town, often seen at cultural events. Despite a recent left lung lobectomy, Ginsburg is still on the bench and on the scene. She was just spotted at Washington National Opera’s March 16 performance of “Faust.”


Madeleine Albright, 81, is a former secretary of State — and a jewelry connoisseur. Her book “Read My Pins” explains the role her collection of 200 brooches played in her life and career. In addition to being a Ph.D.-equipped teacher, author, diplomat and all-around femme du monde, Albright has another shining achievement: a five-star Uber rating, which she proudly shared on Twitter.


A charismatic Democratic Party fundraiser, Elizabeth Frawley Bagley has served in several spots in the State Department and the foreign service. The high-powered influencer, 66, is the former U.S. ambassador to Portugal, where she was awarded the Grand Cross of Prince Henry the Navigator. She lives on Q Street and is proud of her children; daughter Vaughan held her summer wedding in Nantucket, where Bagley keeps a second home, and son Conor directed a one-man show, “An Iliad.”


Deborah Dingell, another Georgetown University alum, recently lost her husband, John Dingell, who was the longest-serving U.S. congressman. The memorial Mass at Holy Trinity Church drew a bipartisan congressional whos-who, as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton, who accompanied the widow into the church. Dingell, 65, a Michigan Democrat, has served since 2015 and is well known in town and at the university.


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