“Nevertheless, She Persisted” Inspired Stories for International Women’s Day

One of the things that I wanted to include in my WGS 410/510 course on “Speculative and Science Fictions of Color” course this quarter was to have students do creative responses to the narratives, ideas, and scholarship they read for the term.  One creative response assignment was to draw the Oankali from Octavia Butler’s Dawn.  And the second is to write their own short short stories (500 words or less) inspired by the stories they have read all term.

It is serendiptious then that Tor is publishing short stories for International Women’s Day inspired by the phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted,” referencing the silencing of Senator Elizabeth Warren in Congress.  Hopefully, these will be inspiring to my students and beyond!

Nevertheless She Persisted

“Nevertheless She Persisted” has become a galvanizing cry for people of all genders in recognition of the struggles that women have faced throughout history.

This sci-fi/fantasy flash fiction collection features sharing unique visions of women inventing, playing, loving, surviving, and – of course – dreaming of themselves beyond their circumstances.

The stories publish on Tor.com all throughout the day of March 8th.  They are collected here.

For example, here is a story by a favorite Nisi Shawl: http://www.tor.com/2017/03/08/more-than-nothing-nisi-shawl/.  Shaw says,

On International Women’s Day, several of the best writers in SF/F today reveal new stories inspired by the phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted”, raising their voice in response to a phrase originally meant to silence.


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