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She persisted : 13 American women who changed the world
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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NC 1170 L Lexile
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Profiles the lives of thirteen American women who have left their mark on U.S. history, including Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Margaret Chase Smith, and Oprah Winfrey.


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Throughout American history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what's right, even when they have to fight to be heard. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren's refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. In this book, Chelsea Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. They all certainly persisted.

She Persisted is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small.

With vivid, compelling art by Alexandra Boiger, this book shows readers that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn't give up on their dreams. Persistence is power.

This book features- Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor-and one special cameo.

Author Notes

Chelsea Clinton is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted- 13 American Women Who Changed the World ; She Persisted Around the World- 13 Women Who Changed History ; It's Your World- Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! ; Start Now!- You Can Make a Difference and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health- Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their daughter, Charlotte, their son, Aidan, and their dog, Soren. You can follow Chelsea Clinton on Twitter @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at

Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mitch McConnell's dismissal of Elizabeth Warren during a Senate confirmation hearing immediately became a feminist rallying cry. Clinton (It's Your World) and Boiger (Max and Marla) further transform it into a lovely, moving work of children's literature that might even win over those cynical about celebrity efforts in that space. Clinton succinctly summarizes the lives of women who "did not take no for an answer"; each story reiterates "she persisted" in bold type and is paired with an inspiring quote. Familiar figures (Helen Keller, Sally Ride) join ones who may be new to some readers, like union activist Clara Lemlich and Claudette Colvin, the teenager whose courageous decision to keep her seat on a Montgomery bus helped "inspire Rosa Parks to make the same choice nine months later." Boiger's celebratory watercolors effortlessly mix drama and playfulness: a luminous Harriet Tubman guides escaped slaves to freedom; a few pages later, babies beatifically float around Virginia Apgar as she examines an infant. Clinton's mother isn't profiled, but readers will spot her portrait in a gallery scene that opens this polished introduction to a diverse and accomplished group of women. Ages 4-8. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senator Elizabeth Warren to stand down, he noted afterward that she persisted. Clinton uses this admonition as a jumping-off point to introduce 13 women who overcame obstacles to affect history, beginning by telling girls not to listen to naysayers. Clinton then introduces reporter Nelly Bly, labor activist Clara Lemlich, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, and ballerina Maria Tallchief, among others, in short paragraphs. This brevity lends itself to some omissions and confusions. For instance, it seems odd not to mention teacher Anne Sullivan in the discussion of Helen Keller's persistence, and saying Claudette Colvin's refusal to relinquish her bus seat helped inspire Rosa Parks' civil disobedience, an act many point to as starting the modern civil rights movement, might make kids wonder why Parks gets the credit and not Colvin. The concise text does give more space for the exemplary watercolors, which show both delicacy and strength, and features inspiring quotes. This well-curated list will show children that women's voices have made themselves emphatically heard. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This book has published quickly to capitalize on the steam of the still-going She Persisted meme. Clinton's celebrity status only catapults interest higher.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2017 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-The lives of 13 courageous and inspiring women who overcame incredible odds to help others are introduced in this superbly narrated adaptation of the text by Chelsea Clinton. Alexandra Boiger's illustrations depict the journey on the underground railroad as Harriet Tubman helps lead others to safety. A young Florence Griffith Joyner runs across the Mojave desert and wins the 100 and 200 meter sprints. Sonia Sotomayor dreams of being a judge as a little girl. Other featured women include Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, and Oprah Winfrey. An inspiring score combined with the positive message of the text makes this adaptation a must-see, especially for young girls. © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Inspired by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's stand against the appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney generaland titled for Sen. Mitch McConnell's stifling of sameglancing introductions to 13 American women who "persisted."Among the figures relatively familiar to the audience are Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, and Ruby Bridges; among the more obscure are union organizer Clara Lemlich, physician Virginia Apgar, and Olympian Florence Griffith Joyner. Sonia Sotomayor and Oprah Winfrey are two readers may already have some consciousness of. The women have clearly been carefully selected to represent American diversity, although there are significant gapsthere are no Asian-American women, for instanceand the extreme brevity of the coverage leads to reductivism and erasure: Osage dancer Maria Tallchief is identified only as "Native American," and lesbian Sally Ride's sexual orientation is elided completely. Clinton's prose is almost bloodless, running to such uninspiring lines as, about Margaret Chase Smith, "she persisted in championing women's rights and more opportunities for women in the military, standing up for free speech and supporting space exploration." Boiger does her best to compensate, creating airy watercolors full of movement for each double-page spread. Quotations are incorporated into illustrationsalthough the absence of dates and context leaves them unmoored. That's the overall feeling readers will get, as the uniformity of presentation and near-total lack of detail makes this overview so broad as to be ineffectual. The failure to provide any sources for further information should the book manage to pique readers' interests simply exacerbates the problem. Pretty but substance-freewhich is probably not how any of this book's subjects would like to be remembered. (Informational picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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