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100 Women Get Tattoos Of 'Nevertheless, She Persisted'

A Feb. 21 fundraising drive to tattoo the phrase "Nevertheless, she persisted" on women's bodies in Minneapolis, Minnesota, had more than 100 women participate.  

The phrase was originally spoken by Republican Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to partly explain why Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, was recently silenced on the floor of the Senate during a Cabinet position confirmation hearing.

Warren had been making a case against the confirmation of Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama as attorney general when she was silenced. The Massachusetts senator and other critics of Sessions claimed he is too racist to lead the federal law agency. 

His words describing her defiance have been taken up by women's rights advocates across the U.S., The Hill reports. 

Blogger Nora McInerny organized the tattooing event in a bid to raise funds for a charity and originally invited only her female friends on Facebook. But her social media invite went viral and within a few days attracted the interest of almost 2,000 people who were willing to participate. 

"Those words remind me of every woman I know who has kept going even though it's difficult or it might make you unpopular," said McInerny, according to The Star Tribune. 

"I just thought it was a perfectly beautiful sentiment. Also, I'm incredibly impulsive."

Proceeds from the drive, which took place at the Brass Knuckle Tattoo Shop in Minneapolis and will last through March, will be donated to NGO Women Winning, an organization that helps elect female leaders to Congress who advocate for abortion rights. 

More than 100 women, and a man or two, showed up to be tattooed with the McConnell phrase. 

"Did I ever think I would get a Mitch McConnell quote tattooed on my body? No, I did not," McInerny said, Salon reports.

"But those are three words that any woman would be able to see themselves in, regardless of politics."

Fellow participant and co-organizer of the event, Kate O'Reilly, had no qualms about getting the message permanently inscribed on her skin. 

"I finally found something meaningful enough to put permanently on my body," said O’Reilly. "In the face of everything right now, it will be a constant reminder to keep going."

Sources: The Hill, The Star Tribune, Salon / Photo credit: NY Mag via Crooks and Liars

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