Author Susan Wood and illustrator Sarah Green’s picture book Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persistedshares the incredible story of the first female senator of Massachusetts, a “useful and accessible addition to the growing group of biographies about women politicians” (School Library Journal).
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Elizabeth came from a struggling middle-class family in Oklahoma City. After a heart attack put Elizabeth’s father out of work, she helped out by babysitting, waitressing, and sewing, all while shining as a star member of her school’s debate team. Debate taught Elizabeth how to fight with her words, a skill that eventually won her a state championship and a college scholarship.
As a lawyer and law professor, Elizabeth learned why it was so difficult for working-class families like her own to advance economically, and today she continues to fight (with her words) for the poor and middle class in her role as a senator.
Elizabeth Warren emphasizes the importance of being outspoken—of using your words to fight for both yourself and for those who need your help.