As most of the world knows by now, the white Republican men of the Senate voted to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren when she attempted to read a letter from Coretta Scott King. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Nevertheless, she persisted.
It’s now a badge of honor, not to mention accurate description of the persistence of the women who have broken barriers in a wide variety of fields. Herewith, my small contribution: Nevertheless, she persisted, disability rights division, with an emphasis on ass-kicking disability rights sheroes I know and love, and a few I love but don’t know, but wish I did.
Update: more #persistent women added below; will try to keep adding, but there are so many of you!!!
Carrie Ann Lucas. [Image: Carrie, a large white appearing woman in a colorful dress, in a power wheelchair using a vent; her daughter Heather, a smaller white appearing woman in a plaid shirt and jeans, in a wheelchair; behind Heather, Carrie’s daughter Aszia, a tall dark skinned woman in a t-shirt and jeans; Carrie’s son Antonio, a white appearing teenage boy in a brown shirt; Carrie’s daughter Cinthia, a light skinned teenage girl in a pink tank top in wheelchair; and Carrie’s daughter Adrie, a dark skinned teenage girl with a blue shirt and blue hair tie, in a power wheelchair.]
Robin Stephens and Laura Hershey. [Image: two light skinned women who use wheelchairs. Robin in a flowered jacket and black shirt with short salt & pepper hair; Laura in a maroon jacket with brown hair using a vent. With them, is a light skinned woman in a blue shirt.]
Julie Reiskin. [Image: light skinned woman with glasses perched on top of her head, in wheelchair, hugging a golden retriever dog.] I suppose I should have chosen a more professional photo of Julie, but Julie and Chinook were besties.
Haben Girma. [Image: dark-skinned woman with long hair, holding a keyboard and reaching out to a German Shepherd dog with a harness.]
Corbett O’Toole. [Image: light skinned woman with salt & pepper hair, in wheelchair, speaking into a microphone.]
Harriet McBryde Johnson. [Image: light skinned woman with two long dark braids, leaning forward in her wheelchair over a desk crowded with papers and books.]
Marilyn Golden. [Image: light skinned woman with curly brown hair and glasses.]
Stella Young. [Image: small red-haired woman with a black dress and red polka-dot shoes, sits sideways in her wheelchair to smile a the camera.]
Tatyana McFadden. [Image: light skinned woman in striped tank top, sits in manual wheelchair in front of a set of steps that are painted with her image and the quote, “Anything that a person with disabilities wants to do, they have the right to do, and that can change the world.”]
Ingrid Tischer and Alice Wong. [Image: Asian woman with glasses wearing a red shirt with white appearing woman with brown hair in blue flowered shirt.]
Vilissa Thompson. [Image: dark skinned woman wearing black shirt in a wheelchair next to President Obama.]
Lydia X. Y. Brown. [Image: Asian person in checked shirt with short black hair and glasses speaking into a microphone.]
Stephanie Thomas. [Image: close head shot of dark skinned woman with braids.]
Becky Ogle. [Image: white appearing woman with short light hair, in a wheelchair, carrying what appears to be Justin Dart’s hat, surrounded by other people standing and using wheelchairs, and on the right, a uniformed officer speaking into a megaphone.]
With deepest appreciation for these and many other #persistent women with disabilities.
AWWW thanks and if you are going to show a picture of me showing one with Chinook is my preference
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Great blog. We need CREEC tee shirts with “Nevertheless she persisted” or THEY persisted. Thanks so much. I also loved the entire Mitch McConnel quote something like…she was warned, she would not sit down and so on. Without realizing it, McConnel gave all of us something to cheer for.
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This is great! 🙂 A wonderful group of role models for us all.