posted at 1:21 pm on March 16, 2017 by John Sexton
Chelsea Clinton is writing a children’s book titled “She Persisted” about 13 American women who “changed the world.” She posted the cover of the new book on Twitter.
Persistence has changed the course of history – I’m so excited to share stories of girls & women who didn’t take no for answer on May 30th! pic.twitter.com/IMWWou6kBX
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 16, 2017
I don’t have a problem with the concept of a book designed to teach little girls they can do great things. Tying that idea to a silly Democratic catchphrase about Elizabeth Warren suggests this is more an exercise in timely marketing than anything else.
Maybe she can publish a prequel called “Binders full of Women.” It could be designed to look like an actual binder and be full of stories about inspirational women. Again, I don’t have a problem with the content, just the progressive bubble packaging.
Speaking of women who persisted, I’m not sure I understand what Chelsea Clinton does for a living. She worked in high finance back in the mid-2000s. Then in 2011, she got a job at NBC News but she didn’t persist at journalism either and 3 years later she was on to a new career as an author.
Her first book, aimed at young adults, was published in 2015. It was titled “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” Based on reviews, it sounds like it was a kind of progressive hornbook but not an especially inspiring one:
The former first daughter’s book is not just long, it is also dense, with at least 51 charts, maps and graphs, including one illustrating the global elimination of the Guinea worm and another titled “Common Types of Cancer in the U.S., 2015.” Despite the peppy title (and that exclamation mark!), Clinton’s first book (surely there will be more, given her parents’ prodigious bibliographies) is packed with data, tiny black-and-white pictures and dire warnings.
Think of it as the literary version of a sad trombone.
I’m afraid the real story here is that Chelsea Clinton is biding her time until she can find a Senate seat to occupy. Just yesterday, the Hill published a story saying she might be thinking about running for the seat held by Kirsten Gillibrand if the Senator decides not to run for office again in 2020. That’s where this is heading. Until then, this book is just another effort at progressive resume padding.