Nevertheless, She Persisted
Where were you, six months ago today?
I know exactly where I was. Because six months ago today, I decided to edit my first anthology–Nevertheless, She Persisted. And today, that book is available at all major online vendors. Want to find out more about why I donned my editor cap? Read on! (The rest of this blog post is my Editor’s Note from Nevertheless.)
On February 8, 2017, I decided to edit my first anthology—this book, Nevertheless, She Persisted.
What happened on February 8?
In the course of confirmation hearings for United States Senator Jeff Sessions to become Attorney General, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked an obscure rule to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren was attempting to read a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King. Ms. King’s letter criticized Mr. Sessions’s record on civil rights. It said that elevating Mr. Session to the office of a federal judgeship would demean the record of Ms. King’s husband, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1986, Mr. Sessions was ultimately found unqualified to serve as a federal judge. (He was, however, appointed to the position of Attorney General in 2017.)
Senator McConnell silenced Senator Warren by applying a 1902 rule that prohibits one senator from speaking ill of another on the Senate floor. The 1902 rule was made to limit fist-fights in Congress.
Responding to outrage over Senator Warren’s being silenced, Majority Leader McConnell said: “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Nevertheless, she persisted.
Thousands of tweets erupted. Memes were created. T-shirts were printed.
And this anthology was born.
Within twenty-four hours of hearing Senator McConnell’s outrageous explanation, I reached out to my fellow members of Book View Café. We are a cooperative publisher. Our members are authors across all genres, from science fiction to romance to historical to mainstream. We regularly encourage members to spearhead group projects, providing editorial and publishing support. I asked if anyone wanted to contribute a story to a new anthology, built around the theme of persistence, as expressed by Senator McConnell’s phrase.
I was overwhelmed by the response.
Within weeks, I’d received nineteen stories of persistence. Some stories were set in our world. Others were set in places very far away. Some tales were anchored in the past. Others wound through the present. Some flew into possible futures. Some stories were funny; others were tragic.
But every single story illustrated the power of women overcoming challenges, of women persisting against the threat of other people, of society, of their own fears.
These are stories of the heart. They are stories for difficult times. They are tales of resistance, of standing up for what is right. I hope you find them as inspiring as I have found them.
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