Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nevertheless She Persisted

From The Huffington Post (2.9.17):
Writer and artist Courtney Privett was reading the news on Wednesday as she prepared breakfast for her two daughters, 2 and 5 years old.
Like many around the country, she’d already learned how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) cut off Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as she tried to read a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King about Senator Jeff Sessions, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as attorney general.
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech,” McConnell said later. “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
It didn’t take long for those final two words to gain traction around the internet, becoming a rallying cry for all the women who had spent their lives being judged, objectified, condescended to, ignored, silenced, attacked and, yes, “warned.” Women who, nevertheless, persisted.
The event made Privett think of her young daughters and what micro- and macroaggressions they would endure because they are women. “I was thinking, ‘I hope they don’t have to listen to the same stuff I did,’” she said in a phone interview with The Huffington Post.
To express her fears and frustrations, Privett began to draw. “Drawing has been my way of not getting overwhelmed recently,” she explained. “Then I can put it on paper and set it aside.”