She Persisted: Chelsea Clinton in Conversation with Atia Abawi

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Chelsea Clinton, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the She Persisted series, and Atia Abawi, author of She Persisted: Sally Ride, visit the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common to celebrate Women’s History Month! They will discuss Sally Ride and other inspiring women who stood up, spoke up, and rose up against the odds. An audience Q&A and photo line will follow the presentation. All books will be pre-signed in advance. This is a TICKETED EVENT

NOTE: We are selling standing-room tickets only at this time. Your tickets include one standing-room spot at the event and one copy of any of the 3 SHE PERSISTED titles listed below from Library Shop SD. All proceeds support the San Diego Public Library System.



Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted. She Persisted is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small. With vivid, compelling art by Alexandra Boiger, this book shows readers that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn’t give up on their dreams. Persistence is power. This book features: Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor — and one special cameo.


A STEM-focused addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling She Persisted series! Throughout history, women have been told that science isn’t for them. They’ve been told that they’re not smart enough, or that their brains just aren’t able to handle it. In this book, Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to women scientists who didn’t listen to those who told them no” and who used their smarts, their skills and their persistence to discover, invent, create and explain.


In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Atia Abawi, readers learn about the amazing life of Sally Ride – and how she persisted. As the first American woman in space, Sally Ride broke barriers and made her dreams come true. But she wanted to do even more! After leaving NASA, she created science and engineering programs that would help other girls and women make their dreams come true as well. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton, black-and-white illustrations throughout, and a list of ways that readers can follow in Sally Ride’s footsteps and make a difference! A perfect choice for kids who love learning and teachers who want to bring inspiring women into their curriculum.


CHELSEA CLINTON is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World; She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History; She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game; She Persisted in Science: Brilliant Women Who Made a Difference; Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe; Welcome to the Big Kids Club; It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!; Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference; with Hillary Clinton, Grandma’s Gardens and Gutsy Women; and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help empower the next generation of leaders. She lives with her husband, Marc, and their children in New York City. You can follow Chelsea Clinton on Twitter @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at face​book​.com/​C​h​e​l​s​e​a​C​l​inton.

ATIA ABAWI (ati​aabawi​.com) is a foreign news correspondent who spent ten years living and working in Afghanistan and then the Middle East. She was born to Afghan parents in West Germany and was raised in the United States. She is the critically acclaimed author of The Secret Sky and A Land of Permanent Goodbyes. She currently lives in California with her husband, Conor Powell, their son, Arian, and their daughter, Elin. You can follow Atia on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @AtiaAbawi.