Nevertheless She Persisted

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted.” (Mitch McConnell banning Elizabeth Warren from speaking on the floor of the US Senate.)

I recently moved to a new home. As a housewarming gift, my son gave me a picture of women who have persisted throughout history to create real change. Across the bottom of the picture are the words, “Nevertheless She Persisted.” This quote became popular in 2017 after the United States Senate voted to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren's objections to confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General. She was basically told to sit down and be quiet because the Republicans didn’t like her objections or what she had to say.

“How shocking and unusual!”, said no woman ever. Most women have experienced being “warned”, at some point in their lives, to sit down and be quiet. But like Elizabeth Warren, many women have understood their purpose to be bigger than themselves - which was the powerful motivator for their persistence.

I was so moved by this picture. The simple print, captured the names of a handful of women who were courageous and selfless enough, to stand up, lead out and make a difference.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately, about women in my life who have used their persistence to create change for others.

Over a short period of time, I’ve experienced the passing of three wonderful, determined women. It’s been a time for reflection and pondering about the many amazing women that have influenced my life for good. Each one, combining the desire to stand for their beliefs and values, with determination and persistence. “No”, was not an excepted answer and never the end of the conversation.

It’s interesting to me and maybe not a coincidence, that I came across a documentary called “Five Awake”. The film documents the experience of a small group of determined women, fuelled by anger and outrage over yet another domestic homicide, which resulted in multiple, senseless murders. If you are looking to be inspired by what a small group of committed, persistent women can do, it’s definitely worth the watch.

As I watched the film, many women came to mind. Women who have been brave in the face of opposition, disappointment, discouragement and fear. “Nevertheless They Persisted”. I just want to say a great big “thanks!” to all women who are courageous and committed enough to persist and make real change happen. Sometimes your efforts have been quiet and in the background, going unnoticed in our busy, daily lives. Sometimes you were a part of a collective effort with other dedicated women, and sometimes you were on your own doing battle with the Goliath in your path.

“Thank You!” for all you do and have done!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens (women) can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Who are some of the persistent, determined, courageous women that you know? (Share in the comments below.)