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Chelsea Clinton Is Publishing a Children’s Book Called ‘She Persisted’

March 16, 2017, 7:55 PM UTC
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Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is publishing a children’s picture book called She Persisted.

Clinton, who is the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, announced the news on Twitter Thursday. “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,” she wrote, while sharing an image of the book’s cover.


The book will feature 13 different historic women, including: Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor, and one cameo.

The title of the book is a reference to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s now infamous words to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. During a debate in February about the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, McConnell and other Republicans invoked a little-known rule to formally silence her. At the time, Warren was speaking out against the Sessions by reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King.

“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech,” McConnell said after the debate. “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

As for her inspiration behind the book, Clinton told the New York Times that she “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.”