Women line up for 'she persisted' tattoos

MINNEAPOLIS — So many women showed up at a Minneapolis tattoo parlor for a permanent reminder of female solidarity that it had to turn away some latecomers.

Local women Chelsea Brink, Nora McInerny and Kate O'Reilly organized a fundraiser in which people could get a tattoo of the words "Nevertheless, she persisted," for $75, Minnesota Public Radio reported. Proceeds will go toward Women Winning, a group dedicated to boosting representation of pro-choice women at all levels of political office.

More than 100 women came in for appointments at Brass Knuckle Tattoo Studio during the event Tuesday afternoon.

Their tattoos reference a phrase that Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said about Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was formally silenced on the Senate floor earlier this month for reading a letter by Coretta Scott King. The words became a rallying cry for Warren's supporters and women's rights proponents.

O'Reilly said they were words she wanted to remember. She emailed Brink, a graphic designer, to ask if she could turn them into a tattoo design.

"It's the first tattoo I've ever considered," O'Reilly said. "I like the idea of flipping it around and using it in a way he didn't intend for us to."

O'Reilly wasn't the only woman with the idea. McInerny, a Minneapolis writer, also emailed Brink and asked for a similar design.


The three women created an event on Facebook, turning it into a fundraiser for Women Winning.

Hundreds showed up to get tattoos, and within an hour, they were turning people away.

Mary Beth Settergren, 54, got her first tattoo at the event "so I can look at it," she said. "Because I think that it's really an encouraging message for women to persist, no matter what. I think it speaks to the challenges I've faced in my life."

Zoo: Live video of giraffe giving birth was labeled explicit

Live-streaming video of 15-year-old about to give birth to her fourth baby was labeled explicit and briefly removed from YouTube.
Live-streaming video of 15-year-old about to give birth to her fourth baby was labeled explicit and briefly removed from YouTube. (Sakchai Lalit / Associated Press)

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. — The owner of a New York zoo planning to live-stream a giraffe giving birth says the video feed was briefly removed from YouTube because animal rights activists labeled it sexually explicit.

Animal Adventure Park started streaming video Wednesday of 15-year-old April in her enclosed pen at the zoo in Harpursville, 130 miles northwest of New York City. But owner Jordan Patch says YouTube removed the feed early Thursday after someone reported it was explicit and contained nudity.

In a video posted on the zoo's Facebook page, Patch blamed "a handful of extremists and animal rights activists" for interrupting the stream from the "giraffe cam." The live stream resumed on YouTube later Thursday morning.

April is expected to give birth to her fourth calf in the coming days.

Associated Press