Transcript for Chelsea Clinton on Kamala Harris’ historic election
last one. History is being made right here in this country. In just a few weeks the nation will swear in a new president and that's going to include an administration with the first-ever vice president. Embrace the future, our next guests have been doing that here. That's right we have "The new York Times" bestselling author Chelsea Clinton who launched the she persisted series that highlight women who have changed our country and the world, now she's expanding that series and teaming up with authors across the country to dedicate an entire book to each of the 13 heroins she first honored. The first book written by Andrea Davis Pinkney details the incredible courage and determination of Harriet tubman. They're here to tell us about the book, Chelsea Clinton, Andrea Davis Pinkney. Thank you so much for being here. We're talking about women. We're honoring women from the past. Chelsea, as we look forward, and as you think about the first female vice president about to be sworn in, I'm wondering about your thoughts, about your mom and what could have been, but also the contributions she made to getting to this moment, what are your thoughts as we're about to see this history made? Well, T.J., thanks to you and to Amy and to everybody at "Gma" for having us this morning. I'm so excited to see vice president Harris. Vice president Harris. Just like -- as my mom, watching my two older kids, Charlotte and Aidan, who are now 6 and 4, they watched the election last year and they saw so many women running for president and we watched this and literally the next day, because it was a little late for my kids to stay up and watch this extraordinary speech that kamala gave that night, Charlotte's first reaction was, mom, I wish she was wearing pink. It wasn't that it was "She." Not that this incredible accomplishment to be our next vice president. It was a comment on her clothes and I kind of thought that was -- I love that that's where we are at least with our youth. You've been putting out these amazing books "She persisted." You have now decided to expand that series. I'm curious, why the expansion and how did you choose which women, who to highlight? Well, the 13 women in the first "She persisted" book are all women who just made a tremendous amount to me. I grew up with my mom and grandmother talking about Harriet tubman and Helen Keller and I was a little girl watching the olympics cheering on Flo Jo, and so I'm so thankful to be able to partner now with this incredible persisthood to bring these stories into more full form. I can't wait to read the first book with my kids which we'll start doing tonight. Andrea, she just mentioned Harriet tubman. You wrote the first book but you just didn't essentially talk about her legacy once she started putting in the work that we all know her for, you went back and kind of built up, talked about her life leading up what she became famous for. When I was in the fourth grade I played Harriet tubman in my school play, and while I knew she was the most notable conductors on the underground railroad, but what I didn't know is, when she was 8 years old she made her first attempt at escaping. A few years later, as a young girl helped someone -- even as a kid can stand up and do what is right when she sees something that's not right and that's why I began when Harriet was a young girl so that her sisters of today, those girls sitting in classrooms reading books have a good road map to go on. I love it, and you were shining a light on it and inspiring everyone. Chelsea Clinton, Andrea Davis Pinkney, thank you so much for all that you're doing. Want to let everyone know, she persisted Harriet tubman is available everywhere books are sold. We really appreciate it. Thank you so much. Thank you.
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