Chelsea Clinton's Book 'She Persisted' Cites 13 Female Role Models — Then Ties Them to Senate-Floor Stunt
Amid swirling rumors that she might not be too far from deciding to pursue a political career of her own, former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton has made at least one announcement about her plans for the future.
She tweeted on March 16 about her latest children's book:
Entertainment Weekly reported:
Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, is writing a new children’s picture book showcasing inspirational women in American history, EW can exclusively announce. The book is titled She Persisted — a callback to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s defense after the Senate silenced Warren.
Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger (Max and Marla), She Persisted will tell the stories of 13 women who overcame immense opposition to achieve their goals. The 13 women include Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Nellie Bly, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Clara Lemlich, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonia Sotomayor. The picture book will also feature a cameo by another important female figure. (We’ve got a pretty good guess as to who this candidate might be…)
As EW noted, the book's title references Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's words after a dust-up with Senator Elizabeth Warren:
Warren was warned multiple times not to malign Sessions. Daines told Warren that she “stated that a sitting senator is a disgrace to the Department of Justice.”
Warren said she was merely quoting the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, but suggested that it was still a belief she holds:
“Although I would be glad to repeat it in my own words.”
The Senate then voted 49-43 to silence Warren, who attempted to appeal. When that appeal failed, Warren was done.
McConnell summed up the situation:
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
His words were quickly adopted by his opponents — and used as a rallying cry.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among them:
As was her daughter:
And that inspiration ultimately led her to write the book, she told EW:
“The 13 women in 'She Persisted' all overcame adversity to help shape our country—sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country—and the world—that persistence is power.”
Clinton's 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,” is slated for release on May 30.