She was warned. She was given an explanation. And now, she’s writing a children’s book.
Chelsea Clinton will be the latest to capitalize on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s now-infamous justification for silencing Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor — with plans to pen an tome to notable women titled “She Persisted.”
The upcoming picture book, first reported by Entertainment Weekly, will cover 13 American women — including Ruby Bridges, Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman, Sally Ride, Oprah Winfrey and Sonia Sotomayor — who “persisted” through tough times.
The May 30-debuting work is not without its mystique, promising “one special cameo” from a yet-to-be-revealed person.
Chelsea Clinton speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.
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“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 said 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. With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country — and the world — that persistence is power.”
The book is written by Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and published by Penguin’s Philomel Books imprint. A rep for the 37-year-old declined to offer any further information.
“She Persisted” is due May 30.
McConnell (R-Ky.) last month unintentionally spawned a feminist battle cry after Republicans invoked an arcane Senate rule to block Warren (D-Mass.) from reciting Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter denouncing soon-to-be Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ federal judgeship nomination.
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule,” McConnell said. “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Those last three words — Sessions’ eventual confirmation notwithstanding — caught fire online, with Twitter users throwing Warren support with the hashtags #ShePersisted and #LetLizSpeak.
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell infamously said of Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
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Some users, in the same vein as the former First Daughter, included photos of Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony and other inspirational women throughout history.
Hillary Clinton, too, backed the Massachusetts senator on Twitter — appending the words “So must we all” to the end of McConnell’s remarks.