This week, at least 138 men and women from across Pennsylvania traveled to Integrity Tattoo parlor in Montgomery County to express support for women’s equality, and the work of the WLP, by having the phrase “Nevertheless, She Persisted” permanently etched into their skin.
Inspired by Senator Elizabeth Warren, “Nevertheless, She Persisted” has become a popular motto for feminists ever since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used this phrase to describe why he silenced Warren as she quoted a letter written by Coretta Scott King while objecting to the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.
“She was warned, she was given an explanation,” McConnell said slowly, pointer finger aloft, “Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Angela Bruecks dreamed up the tattoo-themed fundraiser after reading an article about a group of British women who got the tattoo to express solidarity with American women after a man who has bragged about sexual assault was elected to be President of the United States.
“I couldn’t stand sitting back anymore doing nothing while all these horrible things were happening across our country, especially to women of color and immigrant mothers and families,” recalls Bruecks. “So, I stopped by [Integrity Tattoo,] the parlor where I had gotten two tattoos previously, and asked if they would like to host a fundraiser.”
Bruecks chose to donate proceeds toward supporting the work of the Women’s Law Project after being inspired seeing Executive Director Carol Tracy speak at the Women’s March on Philadelphia back in January.
“I never in a million years thought it would spread like wildfire but I am so thrilled and humbled by the women (and men) who showed up that Sunday and persevered in the rain and the long wait to show their support,” says Bruecks. The event raised thousands of dollars that will go directly to support legal advocacy for women and girls in Pennsylvania.
The Women’s Law Project sincerely thanks Kiel Ferrari, owner of Integrity Tattoo, Ashley Ferrari, events coordinator at Integrity Tattoo, Angela Bruecks, all of the tattoo artists, and everyone who came out on Sunday.
Due to popular demand, Integrity Tattoo is extending the special offer of $50 “Nevertheless, She Persisted” tattoos with some proceeds donated to the Women’s Law Project through the end of May.
Do you have a creative fundraiser idea? Contact WLP Development Director Jennifer Nix at email@example.com to discuss ideas.
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