National Geographic Event Celebrates Women of Impact with Speaker Nancy Pelosi

photo of women of impact event(From left to right) Jean Case, Chairman of NGS Board of Trustees; Erika Larsen, Photographer; Asha de Vos, Marine Biologist and National Geographic Explorer; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Michele Norris, Author and Radio Journalist; and Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of NGP and Editor in Chief of National Geographic magazine attend the Women of Impact event at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

Photo by Taylor Mickal, National Geographic


This October, National Geographic is celebrating women who fearlessly push the boundaries and are inspiring the next generation of changemakers.

This includes the release of the new book, “Women: The National Geographic Image Collection” and a revelatory special issue of the November magazine issue, which kicks off the magazine’s yearlong celebration of women who fearlessly push boundaries and inspire the next generation of changemakers.

Additionally, a new National Geographic documentary, “Women of Impact: Changing the World,” will be released and a powerful new exhibition at National Geographic’s Museum, "Women: A Century of Change," will celebrate the trailblazing women who have redefined what it means to be a woman. The more than 100 images on display draw from the National Geographic archives featuring images taken by renowned National Geographic female photographers.

The museum exhibition opened on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 with a special event, featuring a fascinating panel discussion on the changing roles of women around the globe.

Guests got to hear from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, author and radio journalist Michele Norris, photographer and multidisciplinary storyteller Erika Larsen, and marine biologist Asha de Vos, in conversation with Susan Goldberg, editorial director of National Geographic Partners and editor in chief of National Geographic.

That’s the way young girls should be raised, that anything is possible for them. I think that’s a very good thing for the world. I just wish that throughout the world there was much more opportunity for women because when women succeed, the world succeeds.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Before the discussions started, guests enjoyed a reception in the new museum exhibition. Female bartenders from The Jefferson Hotel served specialty cocktails made from spirits from the Republic Restoratives Distillery, one of the world’s few woman-owned distilleries.