February 28, 2013

For Immediate Release

EMILY’s List Women in Congress Champion Passage of VAWA: EMILY’s List Applauds Senate Democratic Women and Representatives Slaughter and Moore for Leadership in Protecting All Women Across the Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released a statement praising EMILY’s List women in Congress for their leadership in passing the bipartisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act.

“Today Congress stepped up and sent a clear message: protecting women and families from domestic violence is not a political issue” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “The incredible efforts of our Senate Democratic women, along with the leadership of Representatives Slaughter and Moore in the House, broke the Republican stalemate to make sure women will have the protection from violence they deserve. No longer will women be discriminated against based on where they may live or who they may love. EMILY’s List – now over 2 million members strong – will continue to support women leaders who know, without question, that protecting women and families is top priority.”

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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