Over a nine-hour span, more than 100 women lined up at a Minneapolis tattoo shop Tuesday to get the exact same tattoo.
Popular blogger, author, and social media star, Norah McInerny’s idea to gather a few friends to get tattoos and raise money for charity grew into something larger when the crowd appeared at the Brass Knuckle Tattoo Studio to get a tattoo of a quote from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“Nevertheless, she persisted,” McConnell said to Senator Elizabeth Warren during a contentious moment in a confirmation hearing as she opposed Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General. The words escaped McConnell’s lips and suddenly began appearing in tweets and on T-shirts. It even inspired tattoos.
“Those words remind me of every woman I know who has kept going even though it’s difficult or it might make you unpopular,” McInerny said. “I just thought it was a perfectly beautiful sentiment. Also, I’m incredibly impulsive.”
Warren’s perceived rebuke from Senate Republicans seemed to be the battle cry for which some women in Minnesota were waiting.
“Did I ever think I would get a Mitch McConnell quote tattooed on my body? No, I did not,” McInerny said. “But those are three words that any woman would be able to see themselves in, regardless of politics.”
Tattoo artist Emily Snow was surprised at the turnout. “I thought there would be, like, six people, and then this happened. I am overwhelmed and I am so grateful. We’re working for free and we’re really glad to be supporting these awesome women.”
Snow noted that anyone who was not able to wait up to six hours, as some did, could make an appointment through March, and that $55 of the $75 tattoo cost would be donated to Women Winning, a local nonprofit with a mission to elect pro-abortion rights women of all political parties to public office.
Reanna Thompson waited several hours for her tattoo, during which time she recalled marching in Washington, D.C. nine years ago for same-sex marriage rights.
“It’s symbolic of the marching that has been done and that still needs to be done,” she said about her decision to get her tattoo on her foot. “It’s sad that we have to keep doing this, but nevertheless, she persisted.”
Other women hope the tattoo will serve as a reminder of their own strength.
“It’s not about politics,” said Noël Anderson. “It’s about a man saying something like that to me for 15 years, and I won’t listen to it anymore.”
H/T: Star Tribune
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