The theme of this year’s Women’s History Month, an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history & contemporary society which takes place in March, revives Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s phrase that became a feminist battle cry last year: Nevertheless, She Persisted. Referring to an incident with Senate Mitch McConnell who later said “Senator Warren was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted.” Feminists immediately adopted the phrase in hashtags and memes to refer to strong women who refuse to be silenced by patriarchy.
“National Women’s History Month is about recognizing the courage and contributions of women everywhere who are breaking down barriers, raising their voices, and fighting for what they believe in,” Warren said in a statement to TIME. “Millions of women have taken up ‘Nevertheless She Persisted’ as their rallying cry because they know that together, we can make change. We know because we are doing it.” This year’s theme serves as a reminder that lasting change often requires decades of determination.