She Persisted!

September 11, 2017

 

There are any number of fabulous books about women who have defied the odds to make their marks. Books by familiar authors like Margaret Atwood, Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, and George Eliot, and lesser known voices – Audre Lord, Margot Lee Shetterly, Edwige Danticat, and Sara Novic. We studied Middlemarch in college, slept with I know Why the Caged Bird Sings under our pillows, watched the riveting Handmaid's Tale on television, went to see the film adaptation of Hidden Figures in the theater. The many stories of women who have taken on the world have mostly, until now, been written for and accessible only to adults. Enter She Persisted.

 

In this Well~Read Moose bestseller Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.

Throughout American history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what's right, even when they have to fight to be heard. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren's refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. In this book Chelsea Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. They all certainly persisted.

She Persisted is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small. If there is a small person – girl or boy – in your life She Persisted would make a wonderful, empowering gift. Let them know that they can accomplish whatever they put their hearts and minds to – as long as the don't give up!

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