Mar 8, 2018

Nevertheless She Persisted

Nevertheless She Persisted
Happy International Women's Day everyone!  The first Women's Day was celebrated in 1909 in New York City.  Since then many different countries held celebrations on various dates.  In 1977 the United Nations settled on the March 8th date. 

Do you know all the persistent ladies in this piece?  I will share their stories individually later. But first I'll tell you the story behind this piece.  

On Feburary 7th, 29017 during Alabama Senator Jeff Session's confirmation hearing to become Attorney General, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts read a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Wife) against Senator Jeff Session's nomination to become a federal judge previously.  While reading the letter she was interrupted by both the Senate Chair and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky stating a rule that a senator cannot describe another senator in a way that is unbecoming of a senator.  She was asked to take her seat and was barred from speaking for the rest of the hearing.  Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon later finished reading Mrs. Kin's letter on the floor stating that it had already been in the 1986 Congressional record. Afterwards McConnell stated "Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."  

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