Nancy Pelosi (2019) : Throughline Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking woman in American politics. She made her first run for public office at 47 years old and went on to become Speaker of the House twice. How has she had such an enduring career, and where does her power lie? As Pelosi steps down this week from her pivotal role, we look back on an episode that traces her rise.

Nancy Pelosi (2019)

Nancy Pelosi (2019)

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Then congressional candidate Nancy Pelosi waves in front of her headquarters in San Francisco on April 7, 1987. Paul Sakuma/AP Photo hide caption

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Then congressional candidate Nancy Pelosi waves in front of her headquarters in San Francisco on April 7, 1987.

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Nancy Pelosi made her first run for public office at 47 years old and went on to become Speaker of the House twice. How has she had such an enduring career, and where does her power lie? As Pelosi steps down from her pivotal role, we look back on an episode that traces her rise.