“Nevertheless, she persisted.” A rallying quote evoking feminist sentiment that has quickly taken over the media. But where does it come from? And what’s the real meaning behind it? Well, its essence is captured by this week’s Woman of the Week: Elizabeth Warren.
Elizabeth Warren is the senior Senator of Massachusetts who has quickly gained popularity due not only to her progressive stances, but also her determination. In the 1960s, she was raised by a single mother who supported her family off of a minimum wage job at Sear’s. She recognizes that today, this is a reality unattainable by many families due to perniciously low minimum wages. Correspondingly, her main agenda consists of breaking up large corporations on Wall Street and creating and maintaining a high minimum wage to secure a brighter, more prosperous future for America.
It is no surprise that these progressive policies have made Warren a chief target of her male GOP Senate colleagues, who voted in February to silence her for assailing Trump’s Attorney General Nominee, Jeff Sessions. It was here that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made his now-famous remark: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Altogether, we would like to dedicate this week’s WoW to the educated, courageous woman who continues to resist and persist in the face of adversity and discrimination. Her acts of benevolence remind us to act fearlessly and to use our power to actively defend those without it. Continue to persist, Elizabeth Warren.