Former First Daughter and the only child of Hamptons fans Bill and Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton will be at BookHampton in East Hampton on Friday, August 4 at 1 p.m. to promote her children’s book, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World.
The book introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to 13 inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted. The purchase of a ticket (which includes a copy of the book and admission for up to four family members in the signing line) is required to attend the event.
Clinton is well suited to author such a book, given the stature of her mother, who very nearly became America’s first female president before losing to Donald Trump in the 2016 election. Still, Hillary Clinton was elected as New York State’s first female senator in 2000—a position for which she was re-elected in 2006 and held until 2009, when she was appointed Secretary of State by President Barack Obama.
Published in May, Clinton’s book features: abolitionist Harriet Tubman; Helen Keller; shirtwaist workers uprising leader Clara Lemlich; journalist and inventor Nellie Bly; obstetrical anesthesiologist Virginia Apgar; ballerina Maria Tallchief; Civil Rights pioneer Claudette Colvin; activist Ruby Bridges (the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana; Maine senator Margaret Chase Smith; physicist and astronaut Sally Ride; Olympic runner Florence Griffith Joyner (aka Flo-Jo); media queen Oprah Winfrey; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor—and a special cameo by the author’s very accomplished mom.
As explained on Amazon.com, “She Persisted is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small.”
With illustrations by Alexandra Boiger, the book tells its young readers to never give up and to always persist against opposition in their lives. It’s inspiring for girls and boys, who should learn early about the fascinating and powerful women who helped shape America.
BookHampton is located at 41 Main Street in East Hampton. Call 631-324-4939 or visit bookhampton.com for more info.