Since Sen. Elizabeth Warren was silenced in Congress last week by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the phrase “Nevertheless she persisted,” has been everywhere — including on a T-shirt that has raised more than $250,000 for Planned Parenthood.
McConnell used the phrase to justify shutting down Warren — who was reading a letter by Coretta Scott King — during her arguments against Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, invoking a little-used Senate rule against “impugning” a colleague.
The phrase became an instant rallying cry for feminists everywhere, and inspired Brooklyn-based designer Matt Rudinski to create a T-shirt on teespring.com and donate the profits to Planned Parenthood.
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Within 24 hours of sharing the link on Twitter and with his Emerson College alumni Facebook group, Rudinski had raised $20,000 for Planned Parenthood. A week later, that number has grown exponentially.
“I know House and Senate Republicans are so eager to defund Planned Parenthood, so it just felt so perfect to me to turn his words against him and to raise money from something he said,” Rudinski explained in an interview with People. “Planned Parenthood is an organization I deeply believe in and want to help. It just felt like the right organization to benefit.”
In total, more than 26,000 “Nevertheless, she persisted” shirts have sold with 100% of the proceeds going to PP. And, noting the impact simple T-shirts can have for critical civil society organizations, Rudinski has since created a line of shirts and other products benefitting the ACLU.
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We can’t think of a better way to spend our money.