“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
(Mitch McConnell, explaining why he moved to silence Elizabeth Warren during Senate debate.)
What Happened in the U.S. Senate
While debating the merits of Jeff Sessions for the post of Attorney General, Elizabeth Warren attempted to read from a letter by Coretta Scott King. The letter is pertinent because it exposes Sessions’ history of racist behavior in Alabama. King sent the 1986 letter and a longer statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the nomination of Jeff Sessions to a federal judgeship.
McConnell employed Senate Rule 19, designed to eliminate 19th century fistfights, to momentarily stop Warren from proceeding, but his explanation coined a powerful new rallying cry for women.
Nevertheless, She Persisted
Here’s a list to honor women who persisted, whether in personal struggle, the righting of wrongs, or in service of some great cause.
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