Whoa, Reebok already has a “Nevertheless, she persisted” shirt in honor of Elizabeth Warren
We wonder how Mitch McConnell feels about being the inspiration behind some new feminist athletic apparel. ICYMI, the Senate Majority Leader silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren from reading a letter written by civil rights activist Coretta Scott King. The words he chose in so doing are now emblazoned on a Reebok shirt.
“Nevertheless, she persisted.”
The shirt is available now for $20, the full amount of which goes toward the organizers of the Women’s March. Due to high demand, the shirt won’t ship until February 21st, but you can pre-order it here.
During Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as attorney general Tuesday night, Warren made an effort to protest his nomination. When she attempted to read King’s 1986 statement of opposition to Jeff Sessions’ federal judgeship, McConnell silenced her on the grounds of Senate Rule XIX. The rule states that senators cannot use “any form of words [to] impute to another Senator…any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”
Afterwards, on the Senate floor, McConnell defended himself. “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” he said.
Feminists around the world took up the words as a battle cry. Within hours, it landed on screenprinted tees, bumper stickers, and many an internet meme.
But Reebok’s T-shirt is the first major-brand product to join in on the rallying cry.
“This is a unifying message that can inspire women everywhere from the Senate floor to the starting line of a marathon and everywhere in-between — all the places women have been obstructed from seeing through their ambitions. But, they persist, Reebok’s senior director Dan Mazei told Mic.