On Monday, March 12, Friends’ Central hosted Chelsea Clinton, author, daughter of former president Bill Clinton and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Vice Chair of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, at the Lower School campus. Clinton spoke to students in Kindergarten through grade 5 about her latest book She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History, which introduces young readers to a group of 13 incredible women who have shaped history, both nationally and around the globe.
As Vice Chair of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton helps to lead the Foundation’s initiatives from issues related to health, women, and girls to empowering the future leaders of tomorrow to the creation of community service opportunities. Clinton is also the author of two additional books: It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, which shows children how they can make a difference in their world, and She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, which introduces the next generation of activists to 13 inspiring girls and young women, from Ruby Bridges to Sally Ride, who worked tirelessly to advocate for change and never gave up on their dreams.
Lower School Principal Kelly Bird Pierre shared, “It was such an honor to have Chelsea Clinton visit and share her books in which so many of our students can see themselves reflected. At the end of her presentation, I asked the students, ‘What does it mean to persist?’ and without missing a beat, they said, ‘To know what you want and not to give up.’ We are so grateful for her message ‘Stand up. Speak Out. Dream Big.’”