Nancy Pelosi made history on Wednesday when she spoke on the House floor for a record-setting eight hours. And while it’s hard to argue for more than 15 minutes just sitting down without getting tired, Pelosi did the entire thing standing. In four-inch heels, no less.
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) February 7, 2018
The 77-year-old House Minority Leader made a filibuster-style speech on behalf of young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, who might be left unprotected if a new stopgap spending bill goes through. Pelosi spent eight hours and seven minutes speaking about this and urged Speaker Paul Ryan to consider legislation to protect Dreamers.
This is not the same as when state Senator Wendy Davis filibustered a restrictive abortion bill in the Texas Capitol in 2013 for 11 hours. One, she wore sneakers for that (pink Mizuno sneakers). And two, according to the New York Times, such a long speech is unheard of in the House, “which has no equivalent to the Senate filibuster.” Pelosi set the record for the longest continuous speech in the chamber, “dating to at least 1909, according to the House historian,” the Times reported.
While the words coming out of Pelosi’s mouth were incredibly moving — she read aloud from letters that Dreamers had written to their representatives, pleading with Ryan to commit to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — the shoes on her feet also made a statement.
Twitter was impressed that Pelosi stood and spoke for this long in a pair of shoes that many wouldn’t have been able to walk down the street in.
MUST WATCH LIVE: Nancy Pelosi has been speaking in the House for the last 5 hours, telling story after story of Dreamers and their experiences. She is 77, has only had water, is wearing 4 inch heels and is a TOTAL BOSS. #DACA https://t.co/WpfVWZvwBK
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 7, 2018
Some pointed out that standing in heels is much more uncomfortable than walking in them and compared Pelosi to Wonder Woman. One user called her a “goddess.” Others noted that not only did she do all this in heels, but she also didn’t use the bathroom or consume anything but a little water during her time on the floor. Other public figures like Arianna Huffington commended her while suggesting she give herself a break with some “kitten heels” next time.
— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 7, 2018
#NancyPelosi just broke a 109 year-old record for the longest House floor speech after speaking about immigration non-stop (in heels!) for over 8 hours. The previous record was just over 5 hours.
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) February 7, 2018
The thing about high heels is they actually hurt more when you're standing still than when you're walking. What I'm saying is that Nancy Pelosi is Wonder Woman.
— Jenna Lowenstein (@just_jenna) February 7, 2018
Nancy Pelosi is 77 years old.
Nancy Pelosi is 77 years old, spoke for 8 hours and 7 minutes.
Nancy Pelosi is 77 years old, spoke for 8 hours and 7 minutes in 4 inch heels.
Nancy Pelosi is 77 years old, spoke for 8 hours and 7 minutes in 4 inch heels without using the bathroom.
— Mr. Weeks ✊ (@MrDane1982) February 8, 2018
Nancy Pelosi, at 77, is delivering a speech of record-setting length on behalf of DREAMers, in what her aides say are four-inch heels. Guess bone spurs aren't an issue for her. #GoNancyGo #Badass #Hero
— Chris Holm (@chrisfholm) February 7, 2018
Nancy Pelosi is 77 yrs old and has been standing in 4 inch heels for 7+ hours.
Meanwhile, I can't even use my standing desk for an hour.
— Nisha Chittal (@NishaChittal) February 7, 2018
"And she did it all while wearing 4-inch high-heels.” – amazing speech, but I hope next time the Minority Leader will consider flats or kitten heels! https://t.co/a8JOZonbTF
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) February 8, 2018
Some pointed out that this was not only a major moment for Dreamers, but for women as well.
Nancy Pelosi has been filibustering for over 5 hours in 4-inch heels with just a few sips of water and Donald Trump wants a dick-measuring parade.
Tell me again who's the weaker sex?
— Celia (@_celia_marie_) February 7, 2018
Any guy who’s criticizing @NancyPelosi right now, I dare you to talk about ANY topic for 8 hours while standing in four-inch-heels while the world watches.
— Bryce Tache (@brycetache) February 7, 2018
Ginger Rogers did it in heels & backwards
Nancy Pelosi doing it in heels & moving us forward
— Faith Salie (@Faith_Salie) February 7, 2018
Today, Nancy Pelosi, 77, mother of five, stood in four inch heels on the House floor and delivered a non-stop filibuster style speech that topped six hours, occasionally sipping water. THAT'S HOW WOMEN ROLL!
— Max (@TheCenteredEgg) February 7, 2018
While she could not confirm the brand of the black suede pointy-toed pumps, Taylor Griffin, press secretary for Pelosi, did confirm to Yahoo Lifestyle exclusively that they were as high as they looked: 4 inches. And that “she never once stepped out of them during her 8 hour and 7 minute speech.”
Not even the slightest lift of a heel to give her feet some much-needed respite. Because Pelosi had more important things to worry about: like the people out there in much more uncomfortable positions that needed her to plead for their protection.
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