Senator Elizabeth Warren is the woman who sparked the phrase, “nevertheless, she persisted,” but she’s not the only American woman to speak up when she’d been told to be quiet, and now Chelsea Clinton is writing a new children’s book about inspirational women in American history. It’s called She Persisted, and it tells the stories of 13 notable American women who overcame immense obstacles and changed history. It comes out on May 30, and we’re all going to want it.
According to Entertainment Weekly, She Persisted comprises biographies of Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Nellie Bly, Marie Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Clara Lemlich, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonia Sotomayor. (If you want a book about Sotomayor’s notorious colleague, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, there is another children’s book about her that is amazing.)
“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,” Chelsea Clinton said. “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. With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country—and the world—that persistence is power.”
ET also teases that there will be a cameo from another important woman who persisted, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Chelsea Clinton is also the author of another children’s book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going. She Persisted will feature illustrations by Alexandra Boiger of Max and Marla. This looks like a good-looking book full of great examples for the heroines of tomorrow. It goes on sale on May 30, and you can pre-order it on Amazon now.