Nevertheless she persisted


Last night Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined a long list of brave, brilliant women who persisted despite being warned not to challenge the status quo. These included Rosa Parks, Marie Curie and Susan B. Anthony.

Please share other brave, brilliant women who refused to be silenced.


  • cathys

    This should be made into a poster. I know many who would purchase and proudly display.

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    I still choke up looking at pictures of women who voted for Hillary putting their “I voted” stickers on suffragette’s grave stones.

  • yentavegan

    Sojourner Truth

  • Chi

    OT but still kinda appropriate to the feminist theme of this particular entry:

    Miranda Devine has penned a disgusting anti-feminist piece of garbage which basically reiterates the biological essentialism of being a mother and how any mother who returns to work or puts their career ahead of their kids is ‘selfish’.

    It’s also disgusting because at NO point are fathers or (god forbid) same-sex partners mentioned.

    Just when we think we’re making progress, people like her send us screaming back.

    Anyone interested in reading the mommy-shaming drivel here is a do not link link so you’re not giving her extra clicks:

  • Amy

    And I’m too scared about what’s happened in the last year to NOT be afraid of this Curt Schilling thing now. We have to make sure Warren gets re-elected in 2018!!!

  • BeatriceC

    OT: Can anybody get behind this paywall? I’m extremely skeptical of their conclusions for a variety of reasons, and would like to see the full study and data analysis.

    • Young CC Prof

      I didn’t read it myself, but a FB friend did: They didn’t control for the reason oxytocin was given, or for any maternal or newborn health variables. They did control for demographic variables, but not for birth variables.

      Traumatic birth, serious complications or baby in NICU are huge gigantic risk factors for PPD which obviously correlate to birth interventions, and it just never occurred to the authors to look at that.

      I say as a statistician, this is the sort of nonsense you get when the statistician directs the study, rather than the subject-matter expert. You look at the wrong variables and ask the wrong questions.

      • BeatriceC

        Thanks. That was a lot of what I was figuring, though I’d still like to get my hands on the whole study.

  • Squirrelly

    Things never change when we shut up and play nice. Good work ladies!

  • Elizabeth A

    No women to add, but I will be getting my mom the “Nevertheless, she persisted” throw pillows now available on the internet. <3.

  • OkayFine

    This is completely unrelated but I saw this study quote in another article and ended up skimming it. I guess the new ideal CS is 19%? Is that what this is saying? Anyone have thoughts?

    • OkayFine

      New as in 2015.

    • Empress of the Iguana People

      Ideal average doesn’t mean as much as some make out. Of *course* Suburban General will have a smaller average, since they send all their riskiest patients to University Hospital. Dr. B does more csections because she’s well known expert in this or that problem

      • Merrie

        It’s also going to be different for different patient populations. I mean, if you’re a provider and 50% of your term multips with no health conditions end up needing c-sections, you may be doing something wrong, but if you’re MFM then that may be an appropriate rate, and it always seems to be quoted as one monolithic rate. And like any metric given to providers, it’s meant to get them to examine their practice so a. if it’s a really garbagey metric, it doesn’t really help them and b. maybe they do examine their practice and conclude that they are doing things right.

  • J.B.

    Feminist frequency has a series of short clips, including Ida B Wells, Ada Lovelace, and Nellie Bly.

    • They were absolutely terrible. There are much better documentaries on Youtube.

  • Pck

    She should definitely be the next presidential candidate.

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  • Nick Sanders

    I got their book for Christmas, it is fantastic.

  • oscar

    Slightly OT but pertinent:

    A truly classic case of the Dunning-Kruger effect

  • MaineJen

    Rosalind Franklin…she was, by all accounts, a “difficult woman.”

  • EmbraceYourInnerCrone

    Ida B. Wells – She was an anti-lynching activist and fighter for equal rights. In 1884 she refused to give up her train seat in the first class ladies car and the conductor and 2 other men dragged her out of the train car. She sued the railroad and won 500$ damages but that was later over turned. When she was 16 her parents died(she insisted that her siblings not be seperated) and she went to work as a teacher at the local black elementary school. White teachers in the local white schools made 80$ a month. As a black teacher she only received 30$ a month. Later while working as a teacher in Memphis she was fired for criticizing the conditions an segregated schools in the city.