Earlier this week, we were able to have a meet and greet with the awesome ladies behind the books: She Persisted, and She Persisted Around the World care of Book Passage SF. Chelsea Clinton (Yes, of Bill and Hillary) authored the books, and Alexandra Boiger was the illustrator. The books have contributed to the continuing formidable movement towards women empowerment. It just feels good to be a woman right now, to find our voices and break open that glass ceiling. Although I have a son, I find it important to teach him to look at women equally as example of strength and character. I have been fortunate enough to have been raised by a Dad that taught me I can be a force not only as a woman but as an individual who will be capable to make ripples of change. My Dad was honest with me about the real life challenges of working twice as hard as a man and he made sure I could equip myself with resilience, integrity and grit to keep working on my personal goals.
When I went through both the She Persisted books previously, I have to admit that it made me tear up because of the way these women rose above adversity and made history. It's immensely inspiring to see that we've come a long way, and while we got some ways to go, we cannot forget these courageous Trail Blazers. Chelsea's history celebratory approach coupled with Alexandra's darling illustrations makes for a relatable good read for young girls and boys. These types of books makes me optimistic and agreeable to Oprah that a new day is on the horizon, it makes the change feel palpably imminent.
Both Chelsea and Alexandra were gracious to all of us who came to see them in person. I found Chelsea to be warm, down to earth, unpretentious and has an innate public service demeanor. Book Passage, per usual, does an outstanding job in taking care of their customers and book authors. The event also gave me one of my all time fave Mother and Son moment that will be archived under #goodtimesgoodtimes.