Chelsea Clinton‘s new children’s book, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, highlights the stories of the history-making women who most inspired her. Except for the obvious choice.
Hillary Clinton, Chelsea’s mother and former presidential candidate, is not fully featured in the book (out May 30), but she does make a cameo appearance.
“Even though [my mom] absolutely is a core inspiration to me— and is even more inspiring today than she was any day in the last year or in the year before that — I didn’t want her story to overwhelm the book,” Clinton said in a recent interview with EW.
“I wanted to include her in a way that was reflective of the inspiration she’s been to me, and also that I know she’s been to so many others,” Clinton said, “while also shining a light on American women who have persisted over time and how much better off we are as a country because they’ve done so.”
She Persisted outlines the historical importance of well-known women like Oprah Winfrey and Harriet Tubman and lesser-known but equally important women like Virginia Apgar and Claudette Colvin.
Clinton, who is the author of two other books and vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, was inspired to write the story after the forced silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren. During the confirmation hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. attorney general, Warren attempted to read a letter by Coretta Scott King from 1986 that shed a condemning light on his character.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t let Warren continue. His notorious statement (“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”), led to outrage on social media and the now-uplifting hashtag #ShePersisted.
“When Mitch McConnell said, ‘Nevertheless, she persisted,’ I took that as such a compliment and badge of honor on behalf of Senator Warren and all of the women…