She stood for 11 hours—and didn’t even take a pee break. She was not a slave to fashion. While most every report has called the sneakers she wore Tuesday night “pink,” they look pretty orange to us, which would have aligned her with the hundreds of orange-clad pro-choice activists who crowded into the Senate galley. But whatever the color, she wore sneakers—and a back brace, to help her stand for so long, since she was not allowed to lean on anything, according to bizarre filibuster rules. She was prepared.
She went from teen mom to Harvard grad. At 14 she worked at Orange Julius in her local mall and cared for her three siblings and single mother. By 19 she was married, pregnant and divorced, and living in a trailer park with her baby daughter. Still, she finished high school, graduated first in her class from Texas Christian University and went on to Harvard Law School.
It wasn't the first time she made Rick Perry sweat. In 2011, she successfully used the filibuster tactic in an attempt to stop $5 billion of cuts to public schools, and eventually got most of the funds replaced. That time, wrote the New York Times, the filibuster “prompted Gov. Rick Perry to send exhausted lawmakers, poised to adjourn Monday after a grueling budget battle, back into an immediate special session — has quickly become legend.”