‘She Persisted’: Children’s Book For Little Girls Will Feature Trans-Identifying Rachel Levine’s Story

HARRISBURG, PA,- MAY 16: Rachel Levine, MD, physician general for the state of Pennsylvania, dines with her mother Lillian Levine, in Harrisburg, PA, on May 16, 2016. Levine is transgender and has a close relationship with her mother. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A new children’s book series geared toward girls between the ages of 6-9 will feature the story of trans-identifying Rachel Levine overcoming “obstacles.”

In the “chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds,” a book titled “She Persisted: Rachel Levin” by author Lisa Bunker tells the story of how the assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) persisted “throughout her life,” Fox News reported.

“As the first openly transgender government official to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation, the first openly transgender four-star officer in uniform service, and the first female four-star admiral in the commissioned corps, Rachel Levine faced many obstacles throughout her life,” the book’s description reads. “But she persisted through them all and showed kids of all genders that they can succeed in their dreams too.”

The chapter book series was inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s “She Persisted” picture books and includes stories about people like United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and environmental activist Greta Thunberg, the outlet noted.

In an introduction from Clinton, she called the books the “perfect choice for kids who love learning and teachers who want to bring inspiring women into their curriculum,” and provides a “list of ways that readers can follow in Rachel Levine’s footsteps and make a difference!”

Screenshots of some of the pages of the children’s book appeared on Amazon, with one paragraph that reads, “And Rachel was born transgender or trans for short. That means she was born with a boy body, but on the inside, in her mind and in her heart, she was a girl.”

Many people on social media slammed the idea of a children’s book featuring a story about a biological male “chopping off” his body parts, with one saying our “daughters deserve better.”

“‘She’ Persisted in telling gaslighting lies about how sterilizing and chopping off the healthy body parts of minors was lifesaving and supported by science,” one person wrote.

Another added, “This absolutely blew my mind. ‘Rachel’ Levine included in a series entitled, ‘She persisted’ Imagine including a bio man, who only ‘became’ a woman recently (in his mid-50s no less) over so many other women who have truly persisted. The gender ideology cult is just so [throwing up emoji.”

While another person tweeted, “That Levine dude is in the SHE persisted chapter books for little girls. This would have been a lovely series for girls, Bethany Hamilton was and is my daughter’s hero, but this is maddening that he is included. It is a cruelty to gaslight girls this way.”

“She Persisted: Rachel Levine” hits bookshelves June 6, 2023.

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