When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor last February, “Nevertheless, she persisted,” quickly became a rallying cry for feminists everywhere. Now, the phrase is inspiring a children’s book.
Chelsea Clinton is writing, “She Persisted,” about 13 women who have changed the world, set for release on May 30. The book is illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, who has worked on more than a dozen children’s books that featuring female protagonists (including one on Jackie Kennedy).
Clinton announced the book via Twitter.
Persistence has changed the course of history - I'm so excited to share stories of girls & women who didn't take no for answer on May 30th! pic.twitter.com/IMWWou6kBX— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 16, 2017
Warren protested Jeff Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General by reading a Coretta Scott King letter to the Senate judiciary committee, opposing his nomination for a federal judgeship in 1986.
“Mr Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge,” the letter read.
Republicans stopped Warren mid-speech, forcing her to finish via Facebook live outside the Senate chamber.
“She was warned.” McConnell explained. “She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Immediately, #NeverthelessShePersisted started trending on twitter, but people remixed the misogynistic phrase to celebrate women who overcame adversity. Honorees ranged from historical examples, like Susan B. Anthony, to modern ones like Malala Yousafzai and the author’s mother, Hillary Clinton.
The phrase has been printed on all sorts of memorabilia like t-shirts, mugs, and posters. Now it’s being ingrained in the pages of a book that will hopefully inspire a generation of young girls to persevere when authorities try to silence them.
CHIME FOR CHANGE is a global campaign founded by Gucci in 2013 to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world. The campaign uses innovative approaches to promote gender equality. Co-founded by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Salma Hayek Pinault, CHIME FOR CHANGE works with a coalition of partner organizations, including the Kering Foundation, Facebook, and Hearst Magazines.