It’s been 20 days since the Women’s March on DC (and the World). Resistance is not futile, but persistence is hard.
Earlier this week I shut down Twitter while trying to get some work done. Messages were flying so fast it was bogging down my system – and here I mean my computer not my head, although both may certainly have been true. When I turned things back on I was inspired by the stories flying past with the quote, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
In response of Warren’s continued attempt to speak and the following vote to demand her silence, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KS) remarked, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Had McConnell just let her speak, this inspirational moment on Twitter might never have happened. The letter, and the concerns it raises for the equitable treatments of racial minorities might have gone largely unrecognized. A new rallying cry was created behind the basic truth: She resisted.
I still wish she hadn’t needed to persist. I wish her voice had been respectfully allowed to rise.
In the social media dialogue that followed, many of us discussed how we want to hold on to this moment. Tattoos were being tattooed, and protest posters purchased. In a thread on Facebook, I asked for something more lasting (perhaps something I could get stamped into metal) and reached out to artist, engineer, and overall awesome human Ryan Consell. He came back with the concept of a resistor symbol and a heartbeat. With permission, I added words and expanded the beating heart. This was our result.
This is a result that goes beyond “She persisted.” It acknowledges we must all keep resisting and keep the heat on as we push to create a world that is safe and equitable and where no life has less worth. Black lives matter. Refugees need sanctuary. Just as I personally must keep resisting the voices that push against women in science, and keep persisting, I must also help others resist, and persist so that tomorrow maybe these words can a historic rallying cry that is no longer needed.
We don’t have this stamped into metal. We do have t-shirts and mugs. We have setup a Redbubble account where you can order a myriad of other things with this symbol, both with and without words. All proceeds raised through sales will be donated to ACLU.org.
And make tomorrow better.