New Clinton Book about Rachel Levine Reconstructs Glass Ceilings
It’s natural for little girls to look to older women as role models; whether it’s a mother or a famous historical figure, finding an example of womanhood to emulate can encourage girls as they navigate the fears and uncertainty inherent to adolescence. Progressives, however, are intent on manipulating the naivete and innocence of young women in search of heroes by force-feeding them content of biological men making a mockery of womanhood — the exact opposite of the female exemplars they crave.
A new children’s chapter book, partially authored by Chelsea Clinton, highlights transgender-identifying Rachel Levine, assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as an example of “women who spoke up and rose up against the odds…” “She Persisted: Rachel Levine” is part of a multi-book series that claims to be “A perfect choice for kids who love learning and teachers who want to bring inspiring women into their curriculum.” According to the item description, the book provides “a list of ways that readers can follow in Rachel Levine’s footsteps”; of course, the intended audience of the book is children aged six to nine.
Thanks to the Biden administration’s fixation on shifting the transgender Overton Window, Levine’s fame has skyrocketed since becoming the highest-ranking transgender-identifying official in the U.S. government. Levine, who previously served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health under Democrat Governor Tom Wolf, was named one of USA Today’s “Women of the Year” in 2022. A year prior, Levine received accolades as the “first female” four-star admiral in the history of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
Evidently, it’s not enough that young women must fear assault, lack of privacy, and the loss of prestigious athletic opportunities, scholarships, and awards to their trans-identifying male peers; now, girls must also look to men as authentic examples and trustworthy teachers of what it means to be a woman.
It is immensely ironic that Chelsea Clinton, daughter of powerful Democratic politician Hillary Clinton, would contribute to a book teaching children to follow a man’s footstep’s in learning how to excel as a woman. After all, her own mother has raged against glass ceilings for decades, pledging to break the “highest, hardest” one with her ultimately doomed presidential bid in 2016. Speaking about her mother’s presidential ambitions, Chelsea herself said, “One of our core values in this country is that we are the land of equal opportunity, but when equal hasn’t yet included gender, there is a fundamental challenge there that, I believe, having our first woman president — whenever that is — will help resolve.”
American feminism has morphed unrecognizably since the days of true feminists like Susan B. Anthony and Mary Wollstonecraft, who advocated for legal and social equality between the sexes. Today, anyone can receive women’s awards and “shatter” glass ceilings, regardless of their sex — so long as he or she wears enough makeup to fit the hypersexualized caricature of womanhood perpetuated by trans activists. The oppression of women prevails more subtly than ever before, as men who identify as transgender increasingly achieve victories previously reserved for the female sex — and any woman who dares speak out faces harassment.
The inescapable reality is that no number of children’s books depicting Levine as a powerful woman can ever make it true. Levine will never authentically shatter a glass ceiling for women — only prevent women of the future from doing so.
Furthermore, by writing such a book for “kids of all genders,” Clinton fails to convincingly elevate Levine to the status of a hero that little girls will seek to imitate — after all, any five-year-old girl innately knows more of what it means to be a woman than Levine ever will. Rather, Clinton may very well succeed in teaching little boys that if achieving fame and glory as a man proves to be too difficult, they can always steal trophies from the girls.