“A Trailblazing Leader”: Feminists React to Speaker Pelosi’s Re-Election

The top House Democrat since 2003 and the only woman to ever serve as speaker, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won a fourth term as leader of the House on Sunday, Jan. 3, in a 216-209 partisan vote.

Pelosi’s re-election marks an important milestone in U.S. history: Come Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, both people next in line for presidential succession will be women—Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and Speaker Pelosi.

2020’s 10 Most Memorable Moments from the Ms. Podcast, “On the Issues With Michele Goodwin”

Never was there a dull moment in 2020. But 2020 also brought the inaugural episode of the first-ever Ms. podcast, “On the Issues with Michele Goodwin,” which guided listeners through all the highs and lows of this year. Goodwin helped break down some of the most complex issues of 2020, reaffirming that knowledge is indeed power.

We picked out some of our favorite and most fiery words of wisdom from this year’s episodes to guide us as we enter 2021.

Rep. Deb Haaland Makes History as Interior Secretary Nominee: “I’ll Be Fierce for All of Us”

In his newest round of Cabinet nominations, President-Elect Joe Biden tapped Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) as the first Indigenous secretary of the interior. Haaland, who currently serves as vice chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, would also be the first Native American to ever hold a secretary position in the Cabinet.

She spoke alongside fellow climate and energy appointees on Saturday, Dec. 19, promising to “be fierce for all of us, for our planet and all of our protective land.”

Biden Recruits Veteran Policy Adviser Susan Rice: “We All Rise or Fall Together”

President-Elect Joe Biden appointed Ambassador Susan Rice to serve as director of the Domestic Policy Council in his administration.

“In the 21st century, our foreign economic and domestic imperatives are deeply intertwined,” Rice said in her acceptance speec. “Tackling these challenges is personal to me. I am a descendant of immigrants and the enslaved, and service is in our blood.”

Keeping Score: Congressional Republicans Deny Election Results; Dr. Biden Defends Herself

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.

This week: Just 27 of 249 congressional Republicans acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect; Laverne Cox opens up about transphobia; Barbara Kavovit is leading the tear-down of Harvey Weinstein’s former office; Dr. Jill Biden defends her hard work; Elliot Page comes out as trans; ParityBOT supports women candidates online; 15-year-old Gitanjali Rao is first TIME Kid of the Year; House Democrats vote to legalize marijuana; BuzzFeed subpoenaed by ICE; Greta Thunberg is editor for a day; and more!

Dr. Rochelle Walensky Appointed CDC Director: “Leading With Science Is the Only Way To Deliver Breakthroughs”

“I never anticipated I would take on a role helping lead our national response, and government service was never part of my plan. But every doctor knows that when a patient is coding, your plans don’t matter. You answer the code. And when the nation is coding, if you are called to serve, you serve,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. Joe Biden tapped Walensky to head up the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as director.

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith to Chair Equity Task Force: “It Is Our Societal Obligation to Ensure Equitable Access”

“I’m proud to go to work with leaders who are deeply committed to science and to centering equity in our response to this pandemic. And not as a secondary concern, not as a box to check, but as a shared value woven into all of the work that we do and prioritized by every member of the Biden-Harris team,” said Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, chair of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Equity Task Force, and co-chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Board.