People Turn “Nevertheless, She Persisted” into Mantra for Celebrating Strong Women

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Image credit: Elizabeth Warren

On Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the floor of the Senate to share the words of Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife. In a letter written in 1986, King criticized Jeff Sessions—a senator from Alabama and the current attorney general nominee—and explained why she did not see him fit for federal judgeship at the time. As Warren read the letter aloud, she was stopped by Republican senators, who cited an obscure rule as the reasoning behind her silencing. Though she was told to sit down and be quiet, Warren instead continued to read the letter in the hallway, where she live-streamed it on Facebook. After facing backlash for not letting Warren finish her piece, Majority leader Mitch McConnell defended his actions by stating: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

And so a new rallying cry for women's rights was born.

Immediately following McConnell's statement, the #NeverthelessShePersisted and #ShePersisted hashtags took social media by storm. People began sharing Tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram pictures of strong female figures who have not given up in the face of adversity, censoring, and discrimination. Accompanied by McConnell's reclaimed quotation, the posts—which feature feminist and Civil Rights icons like Warren, King, Ruby Bridges, and the Suffragettes—prove that, historically, silencing women only makes them yell louder.

Inspired by the “nevertheless, she persisted” mantra, Twitter users have shared images of the strong female figures that have inspired them, like Elizabeth Warren and Coretta Scott King.

They also include Civil Rights icons like Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, and Gloria Richardson.

As well as contemporary political figures, like Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Gabrielle Giffords.

And many more powerful females, like Harriet Tubman…

Emmeline Pankhurst…

Susan B. Anthony…

Sojourner Truth…

Malala Yousafzai…

And even Lady Liberty.

h/t: [Buzzfeed]

Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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