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 PelosiOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs On The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel 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 ClintonDemocratic strategist laments 'low bar' for Biden debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Trump to hold campaign rally in Pennsylvania next month 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.