Friday 28 July 2017

Chelsea Clinton is writing a children's book and it's got the most perfect title

By Prudence Wade

It will feature 13 inspirational American women.

Chelsea Clinton’s upcoming children’s book has probably the most fitting title we could think of: “She Persisted.”

It will honour 13 American women “who never take no for an answer,” including Harriet Tubman, Sonia Sotomayor and Oprah Winfrey, with illustrations by Alexandra Boiger.

ICYMI, the title refers to a comment by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell after the silencing of Senator Elizabeth Warren during a debate in February about the confirmation of attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. Warren, a Democrat, opposed the nomination and was speaking against it on the Senate floor when Republicans invoked a little-known rule to stop her.

“Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech,” McConnell later explained. “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Ever since, women have adopted “nevertheless, she persisted” as somewhat of an inspirational catchphrase. It’s even sparked a trend in tattoo art.

As such, it’s perhaps no surprise that Clinton has chosen “She Persisted” for her book. She says in a statement: “I wrote this book for everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down – for everyone who’s ever been made to feel less than.”

Safe to say people are pretty excited by the upcoming book.

“She Persisted” comes out May 30, published by Penguin Young Readers.

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