Chelsea Clinton made headlines with her upcoming venture into storytelling for children. The former first daughter was inspired by Sen. Mitch McConnell’s admonishment of Sen. Elizabeth Warren when she refused to stop speaking about her opposition to the appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions for the position of attorney general.
From this McConnell stated, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” in regards to his rationale for punishing Warren.
On Thursday, March 16, Clinton revealed that she’s releasing a children’s book titled “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World.” Clinton’s tweet announcing the book’s reads, “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 30!”
The book will feature 13 American women who have made an impact in American history. Harriet Tubman, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonia Sotomayor are just a few names that will be highlighted in the book. “She Persisted” will also feature an unidentified cameo, presumably Clinton’s mother, Hillary Clinton. The book will be illustrated by Alexandra Boiger — who has illustrated “Max and Marla” and the “Tallulah” series.
“I didn’t know that Chelsea Clinton was even writing a book,” Junior English major, Riley Bennett said. “I think that it would be a good for the younger generation of girls to know that they have women to look up to in a world that is tailored towards men.”
“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,” Clinton says in a statement. “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.”
Being raised by one of the world’s most influential women, Clinton has some background on the subject of being persistent in what she wants. Clinton — who is also a mom of two — is reaching out to kids with inspiring stories about women who never quit and keep persisting, even when they are told not to or they couldn’t do it.
“I’m looking forward to buying this for my younger nieces and the younger girls that I work with,” Junior AES major, Marisa Caballero said. “These girl really need women to look up to and know that they can do amazing things also. Teaching girls at a young age that they can do things that are ‘run by men’ can help them with not backing down from what they really want.”
“With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country—and the world—that persistence is power,” Clinton says.