Nancy Pelosi speaks out on female representation, leadership and advice to young people

In an exclusive interview with Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons, Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden blasts Trump, demands he release transcript of call with foreign leader Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week MORE, the long-serving leader of Democrats in the House of Representatives, batted down the idea that she should resign her position, saying that she believes that the women of America benefit by having a high-level elected official who is a woman.

"Definitely," she said when Simmons asked her if she felt a special responsibility to represent women in discussions with top congressional leaders.

Pelosi also hinted that she would have resigned as the Democratic leader if Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMissing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani On The Money: Trump downplays urgency of China trade talks | Chinese negotiators cut US trip short in new setback | Trump sanctions Iran's national bank | Survey finds Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in past year Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate MORE had won the 2016 presidential election.

"I never asked anybody to vote for me because I was a woman," she said. "I knew Hillary Clinton was going to win and then there's a woman at the head of the table."

In light of Clinton's failure, however, Pelosi said she would seek to retain her leadership position.

"Since that didn't — sadly — happen — heartbreakingly, patriotically — it didn't happen. And anyway, I intend to retain that seat at the table."

Pelosi also gave advice to young people thinking about political careers and spoke about her views of leadership.