Chelsea Clinton Writing ‘She Persisted’ Children’s Book, Fueling More Speculation on Political Run

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By Ian Miles Cheong | 12:38 pm, March 16, 2017
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Chelsea Clinton has been speaking out recently via her colossal presence on social media, stating her mind on everything from the vile sexist attacks against Kellyanne Conway to the Women’s March, and wading into political topics like Trump’s deregulation of Wall Street and religious extremism. All of this fuels speculation that she’s gearing up to run for political office.

Her latest foray is a children’s book titled She Persisted. The book will contain a list of “13 American women who changed the world,” and a cameo by an anonymous female figure. (I don’t know: You think it could be her mom? Wild guess.)

The 13 women include Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Nellie Bly, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Clara Lemlich, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey  and Sonia Sotomayor.

“I wrote this book for everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who’s been made to feel less than,” said Chelsea Clinton in a statement (via EW). “The 13 women in She Persisted all overcame adversity to help shape our country—sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country—and the world—that persistence is power.” The book comes out May 30.

It’s interesting how effortlessly the Clintons passed the torch to their daughter after Hillary’s surprise defeat in the November elections. It’s earned the ire of many Democrats tired of the Clinton dynasty, as well as the mockery of Republicans, who wonder why the party would continue to invest in a name brand that clearly hasn’t performed well as of late.

Of course, there’s no confirmation that Chelsea is running for anything, but she certainly doesn’t seem to be removing herself from politics either.


Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.