When Mitch McConnell shut down Elizabeth Warren mid-debate, he later uttered the words that would be heard around the world: “She persisted.”
It was his defense for stopping Warren right in the middle of her speech addressing past statements against Attorney General Jeff Session, in which she read a cautionary letter from civil rights leader Coretta Scott King. But it quickly became a rallying cry in defense of Warren and others who’ve persisted.
Now the phrase will be the title of a children’s book by Chelsea Clinton, with illustrations by Alexandra Boiger, Entertainment Weekly reports. The book, which has a release date of May 30, tells the story of 13 figures in American history, all women who didn’t take no for an answer.
“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 to EW.
Among the American icons included are Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist who guided 300 slaves to freedom, and Helen Keller, the political activist who became the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. There are also women of the 21st century, from Oprah Winfrey to Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina elected to the Supreme Court.
“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,” Clinton said. “With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country—and the world—that persistence is power.”