March 7, 2013

For Immediate Release

EMILY’s List Celebrates Signing Of The Violence Against Women Act: With The Help of EMILY’s List Women In Congress, VAWA Finally Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, celebrated President Obama signing the Violence Against Women Act. He was joined at the ceremony by Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Gwen Moore, whose leadership helped successfully pass the legislation protecting women.

“Thanks to the incredible leadership of pro-choice Democratic women in the House and Senate, the Violence Against Women Act has once again become law,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Flanked by Leader Pelosi and Representative Gwen Moore who fought tirelessly to ensure that all victims of violence were protected, President Obama signed the expansive Senate version of this bill and ended Republican efforts to make protection for women a political issue. Today was a huge – and overdue - victory for women and families across the country.”

During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates – the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country, 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, and three new Senators – all the first women to represent their states in the Senate. And this cycle, women we’ve helped elect include the first Hindu and first female combat veterans to serve in the House, the first openly gay Senator, and the first Asian American woman to serve in the Senate. With a community that has quintupled since 2010 – now more than two million members strong – EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 100 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 28 year history, and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. 

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