Two women who broke glass ceilings -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro (D-N.Y.) -- speak today at a fund-raiser in Chicago for Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) called the "Ultimate Women's Power Lunch."
Pelosi is expected to speak about negotiations with the White House over the stalemated Iraq war funding bill.
This week Bush vetoed a $124.2 billion measure to underwrite wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because soldiers would have to start withdrawing from Iraq by Oct. 1.
The House failed to override Bush's veto on Wednesday.
Pelosi became the first female speaker in January; Ferraro was the first woman to be a vice presidential candidate on a major ticket when she was Walter Mondale's running mate in 1984.
The Schakowsky event, at the Chicago Hilton, is drawing 2,000 people and is different from many large fund-raisers in that most of the $125-a-ticket attendees are female.
Schakowsky who as chief deputy whip is a member of Pelosi’s inner circle, said Pelosi becoming speaker “opened the door for womens’ aspirations.’’
Later in the day, in a rare double bill, the top House and Senate leaders—Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) are the headliners at a fund-raiser at the Hyatt Regency for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the assistant majority leader.