Sen. Wendy Davis spawns an Internet meme

Davis became a national icon when she successfully blocked an antiabortion bill with a 13-hour filibuster

Published June 26, 2013 10:18PM (EDT)

State Sen. Wendy Davis, whom Joan Walsh aptly described as a "feminist superhero" and "a badass," successfully blocked an antiabortion bill from passing in Texas after a 13-hour filibuster -- without breaking to eat, drink, sit or use the bathroom. Due to her efforts, at 3 a.m. Wednesday, the draconian rule did not pass.

Davis' stand was so inspiring that at one point, 150,000 people tuned in to watch the proceedings live on YouTube. The hashtag #standwithWendy trended on Twitter, and lo, an Internet meme was born:

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By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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