For Immediate Release
EMILY’s List Honors the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, honored the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
“Giving women the ultimate say over their healthcare decisions starting with the legalization of birth control and abortion was followed by a series of changes—Title IX, , The Family Medical Leave Act, and fair pay laws—that set the stage for women to pursue the same opportunities that men had,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Forty years later, the number of women who have served in Congress has more than tripled. We currently have 20 women in the Senate and 78 women in the House—the most ever. Women now make up a majority of college graduates, and the number of women at the helm of Fortune 500 companies has increased tenfold.
“The 2012 election cycle showed how strongly voters support candidates who will continue to stand for women’s right and progress,” Schriock continued. “The EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members strong – helped elect 9 women to the Senate and 21 women to the House. I know we have another 40 years of incredible progress ahead of us, where we can celebrate protecting women’s health, equal pay for equal work, a Congress that is 51% women, and a few good women in the Oval Office.”
During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List helped elect a 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.