No one in the world ever would have expected the words of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R - Ky.) to become the rallying cry of feminists everywhere, but that’s exactly what happened when McConnell silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren (D - Mass.) on the floor of the senate in February. And now Warren is seeing McConnell’s words everywhere she goes on supporters in the form of signs, t-shirts, and tattoos.
While attempting to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King (Dr. Martin Luther King’s widow) during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as Attorney General, Warren was stopped by McConnell for violating Senate rules. “She was warned,” McConnell explained. “She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Within minutes the words were used as a hashtag in support of Warren, and in the coming days “Nevertheless, she persisted” became ubiquitous in our culture. Across the country tattoo shops, including Brass Knuckle Tattoos in Minneapolis, started launching fundraisers tattooing the memorable words. And while it definitely became a phenomenon over the last couple of months, one had to wonder what Warren thought about it all? Turns out that she is pretty excited about the support.
“They have made ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ their connection to America’s future,” Warren said of the tattoos in an interview with Time. “They will not sit down and be quiet. Not ever again.”
What could have been an embarrassing moment for Warren has been turned into a galvanizing moment for feminists and the left, a reminder that there is a long hard fight ahead but that they are more than ready for it. One has to wonder where else we might be seeing the phrase pop up. Perhaps on presidential campaign signs in 2020? Only time will tell. Until then enjoy these empowering tattoos.