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story.lead_photo.caption Chelsea Clinton (left) signs a copy of her book, She Persisted Around the World, for Hannah Cherepski (right), 10, after Clinton spoke Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. - Photo by Thomas Metthe

Hundreds listened as a young girl's voice came over the sound system at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock on Sunday afternoon.

The young girl directed a question to former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, and asked advice on how to write a book of her own.

Clinton, on stage to discuss her latest children's book She Persisted Around the World, was quick with an encouraging response.

"Start," she said to the young girl.

"I just make myself sit in front of my computer and I say to myself like, 'I'm not going to get up until I've written X number of words,'" Clinton said. "And they may not be very good words, but the not very good words help me get to the better words."

Men, women and children filled the seats at the convention center to hear Clinton discuss the children's book, which features the stories of 13 women from a wide array of countries who brought about change and shaped history.

The book celebrated the stories of women from a variety of fields and time periods, including Marie Curie, Malala Yousafzai and Wangari Maathai.

"One of my hopes for She Persisted and She Persisted Around the World is that it helps little girls imagine themselves as anything, and that it helps little boys imagine little girls as anything," Clinton said, garnering applause from the crowd.

Clinton also spoke about closing the "imagination gap" for girls and boys. Before starting school, she said, boys and girls have equally diverse career ambitions, whether it be an astronaut or a mayor.

But by third grade, she said, there's a big difference, where girls no longer see themselves in those leadership and award-winning roles.

"And that to me is shameful and unacceptable, because I want everyone to be able to feel ... connected and supported in their potential and in their dreams," she said.

On Sunday, Alexis Sanghera sat with her young daughter as they waited for the program to begin.

The book, she said, aligned with her principles of supporting women. And given the current political environment, she said the book offered a positive lesson on what women can do.

Photo by Thomas Metthe
Hattie Solomon , 6, nervously asks a question to Chelsea Clinton on Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Metro on 05/21/2018

Print Headline: Chelsea Clinton book goal: Imagination; In LR, author talks about closing gap between boys, girls

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  • GeneralMac
    May 21, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.

    ( 5th to last paragraph )........she mentions being a " mayor" as a ........" career ambition".

    "CAREER" ?

    That is what is wrong with liberals when they think being a mayor should be a " career".

  • obbie
    May 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

    Wonder what she'll write about "Mommy Dearest".

  • hurricane46
    May 21, 2018 at 10:39 a.m.

    At least she wrote it herself, Donnie had someone else write his and probably read it to him.

  • GeneralMac
    May 21, 2018 at 10:50 a.m.

    and Chelsea's goal?

    Live high off the hog on her daddy and mommy's "charitable" foundation ?

  • MaxCady
    May 21, 2018 at 11:04 a.m.

    Her goal is to never have a real job and live off the public teat like Slick Willie and Crooked Hillary.

  • HarleyOwner
    May 21, 2018 at 11:09 a.m.

    She should write a book about being a pampered kid while growing up.

  • Packman
    May 21, 2018 at 11:28 a.m.

    Lay off Chelsea. She's a good person in spite of being raised by a philandering father and a terribly arrogant and elitist mother. While I don't agree with her politics, I'm a big fan of Chelsea as a person. Recently, she chided her mom's old communication director, some idiot named Philippe Reines, for vile remarks Reines made about Vanessa Trump and Donald Trump Jr. She's also hammered libs that have attacked Baron Trump. Chelsea's a fine person. Leave her alone.

  • GeneralMac
    May 21, 2018 at 4:29 p.m.

    Chelsea is clueless !

    She, like all liberals, want someone to feel they are " victims"

    Pick up small town newspapers and read about the future plans of female graduates and you will see some of the same things listed behind the girls' names........

    Electrical Engineer
    Chemist
    Surgeon
    Pilot

    Not every woman wants to be a career "mayor"........( thankfully )

  • dearlo
    May 21, 2018 at 7:28 p.m.

    All but Packman are simply arrogant, simple-minded, uneducated and jealous! Oh, I forgot rude and stupid too. Chelsea is a wonderful daughter, mother, wife and also smart.

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