Pelosi’s Triumph: ‘It’s Personal For Women’’s Liz Halloran quotes NOW President Terry O’Neill about whether gender played a part in Nancy Pelosi’s leadership in helping to pass the health care reform: “So was the tenacity with which Pelosi, a 69-year-old mother of five, pursued the 216 Democratic votes she needed to move the legislation to the president’s desk driven, in part, by her gender?”