U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to silence one of his colleagues, Elizabeth Warren as she gave a speech last month that was too long, thereby violating the rules, and in the process of trying to get her to comply, he slipped out a little complaint, “Nevertheless, she persisted.” This string of words has now become a battle cry for liberal women, who are choosing to use the words of another instead of creating their own. This phrase is showing up on t-shirts, protests signs, social media and at a tattoo parlor in Minneapolis where hundreds of women are getting this phrase etched onto their skin. This tattoo is so popular that the tattoo parlor, Brass Knuckle, is booked for the entire month and had to stop taking new appointments.
“Every single women has had a Mitch McConnell or 10 or 20 in her life trying to tell her how to be and what to do,” said Nora McInerny, a 34-year-old author and blogger who triggered the tattoo trend with an accidental public Facebook post. “He said that to insult her, and really he just pointed out a fantastic trait of hers.” The uproar started when McConnell, a Republican, tried to end a speech by Warren, a liberal Democrat, on the Senate floor in Washington, saying she was violating a Congressional rule. “Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech,” McConnell said. “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” In midwestern Minneapolis, McInerny decided with her friends to get tattoos of the phrase, but she accidentally posted the invitation as a public event on Facebook. “Suddenly 2,000 people were interested in it,” she said. The Brass Knuckle Tattoo Studio is charging $75 for the tattoo, most of which is donated to Women Winning, a local organization that encourages women who support abortion rights to run for political office.