It’s great that Nancy Pelosi has been unanimously elected as speaker of the house, but I find it somewhat dismaying that there is so much fanfare because she’s a woman.  Seriously, it’s 2006 and we are only now electing the first woman speaker?  This should have been done long ago.  And while women are making leaps and bounds in being recognized as the full citizens they are, the fact that such attention is paid to the speaker’s gender is proof that there is still much to do.  I’d like to see the last “first” in my lifetime.  This shouldn’t even be an issue.  The fact that she’s a woman shouldn’t even be a blip on the radar.  But unfortunately it is, so it must be addressed.