Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has become a popular figure for feminists in the weeks since she was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during a debate regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation.
Citing congressional rules, McConnell advised her to tamp down her criticism of Sessions, who at the time was a fellow senator.
“She was warned,” McConnell said after the incident. “She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
The final two words went on to be co-opted by some in the feminist movement via Twitter hashtags and other social-media efforts. The phrase is also the title of Chelsea Clinton’s new book, which includes stories about 13 prominent historical women and is aimed at young readers.
“I wrote this book for everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down,” Clinton said, “for everyone who’s ever been made to feel less than.”
Harriet Tubman and Oprah Winfrey are among the women featured in the book, along with a promised “cameo” by an unnamed figure. Smart money points to Clinton’s mother, Hillary, whose unsuccessful White House bid last year made her the first female presidential nominee to represent a major U.S. political party.