These Hashtags Rallying for Elizabeth Warren Are for Every Woman Who Won't be Silenced

February 8th 2017

Almie Rose

Republicans voted to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor Tuesday evening — and Twitter users immediately began writing praises for her actions, insisting they won't be silenced.


The Massachusetts Democrat was reprimanded by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for reading a 1986 letter written by civil rights icon Coretta Scott King expressing why Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who is currently the attorney general nominee, wasn't a good choice for a federal judge position when he was nominated that same year.

"Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters," King wrote in the letter. "For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship."

However, McConnell halted Warren's reading of the letter saying it broke a Senate rule: "No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator."

"Nevertheless, she persisted."

McConnell later explained why he and fellow Republicans silenced Warren, saying, as reported by The Washington Post, "Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."

And that struck a chord with women — but likely not for the reasons McConnell anticipated.

#ShePersists and #ShePersisted began trending on Twitter Wednesday as a sort of rallying cry for not only Warren, but any and all women who may have felt as if they've been unjustly silenced.

Other Twitter users began tweeting #LetLizSpeak to point out the many women who have been silenced throughout history.

To those who suggest Warren was only silenced because she broke a rule, The Huffington Post reports Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) read part of the very same letter only a few hours after Warren was told not to do so — and he was not silenced.

Ultimately, Warren found a way to make her voice heard; after she was ejected from the Senate floor, she read the entirety of King's letter right outside of the room — on Facebook live — where it's been viewed over 6 million times as of Wednesday.