Read This: Nevertheless, She Persisted

The “Nevertheless, She Persisted” series from TOR


In celebration of International Women’s Day, TOR, a major publisher of speculative fiction, released a free series on its website of fiction by and about women titled “Nevertheless, She Persisted.”

The link above will take you to all the stories currently available (scroll to the bottom. You’ll find them under “All Posts”). I read all six that were available yesterday and knew I was going to have to recommend this. But when I went back to the site today there were about six more! I ain’t mad.

Every story is short, fantastic and full of a range of inspiring, strong, awesome women (in a broad sense of the term) characters. I don’t want to spoil any of the stories, so that’s all I’ll say about them. Go read them for yourself!

As an aside, the title of the series – “Nevertheless, She Persisted” – comes from a now infamous incident in the senate in which Sen. Elizabeth Warren was silenced while trying to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King, MLK’s widow. Sen. Mitch McConnell silenced her by saying: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Several male senators were NOT silenced when they read the very same letter.

Since the incident (which you can see and read about here), the phrase has become something of a rallying cry, especially for feminists. I love the choice of that phrase for the title of a series of stories celebrating and elevating women. It was a brave choice by TOR because the phrase is undeniably political, but I’m glad to see them have that courage. TOR was my favorite publisher before this due to the quality of the work they put out, but this only endeared them further in my heart.

Go read! Then get our there and persist.


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