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.