November 7, 2012

For Immediate Release

EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock On Historic Milestone For Women In The Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Heidi Heitkamp’s win in North Dakota means today we celebrate the addition of the 20th woman Senator. EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement:

“Heidi Heitkamp’s win in North Dakota means today we celebrate the addition of the 20th woman Senator. Women’s victories last night mean that we have crossed an amazing milestone – we’ve increased the number of women in the Senate tenfold in the last 20 years. The gains women have made this election are real, and they’re here to stay. Voters sent a clear message last night that they’re tired of a backwards-looking agenda that hurts women and families – they’re ready to send leaders to Washington who have the right priorities and are ready to move this country forward. On critical issues like equal pay and access to health care, more women in Congress means an agenda that’s better for American families”

During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List endorsed an impressive number of candidates, worked to elect three pro-choice Democratic women to the House in special elections, and helped 11 House candidates, one Senate candidate, and one gubernatorial candidate make it through competitive primaries. With a community that has more than quadrupled since 2010 – now more than 2,000,000 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 87 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 16 to the Senate, nine governors, and over five hundred of women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 27 year history, and raised an impressive $51.2 million dollars.

 

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