#ShePersisted: The feminist hashtag erupted across social media last week in reaction to a tense moment that occurred the night before on the Senate floor between Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). When Warren attempted to read a letter from the late Coretta Scott King arguing against the 1986 nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to a federal judgeship, McConnell ordered her to be silent, and Republicans voted to rebuke Warren for violating the Senate’s Rule 19, which holds that no senator can insult another senator during proceedings. In the face of outrage from Democrats, McConnell defended his decision on the Senate floor by stating, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Like “nasty woman” and “binders full of women” before it, “she persisted” immediately became a feminist rallying cry and meme, a progressive rebuke to a white male Republican known for pushing regressive policies on women’s issues.
As the hashtag lit up Twitter and other platforms, though, an interesting trend became apparent: The feminist resistance to McConnell’s words was being led by fictional female characters, mainly from popular geek franchises.
Source/ rest: vox.com