For Immediate Release
EMILY’s List Endorses Joyce Beatty
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced that it is fully recommending Joyce Beatty, a candidate for Congress in Ohio’s third congressional district.
“Now more than ever, we need strong Democratic women in Washington – and Joyce Beatty is ready to get to work on what matters for Ohio families,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “She’s a smart businesswoman and a strong voice for women. Joyce isn’t afraid to stand up to the misplaced priorities of the right in order to help build a more progressive America. The EMILY’s List community now numbers more than one million – and we’re thrilled to be able to help send Joyce Beatty to Congress.”
The daughter of a brick maker turned small business owner, Joyce Beatty learned the value of small businesses at an early age. She started small businesses of her own, and went on to develop organizations to support other female entrepreneurs. Beatty carried her passion for her community and small business ownership into the Ohio House, where she served as the first woman to hold her state house seat, the first African American woman Assistant Minority Leader, and the first female Democratic Minority Leader in Ohio history. While in office, she fought to ensure that poor and uninsured women had access to cancer screenings and secured $400 million to help improve Ohio’s schools. She currently serves as the Ohio State University’s first female African American Senior Vice President.
EMILY’s List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 1,000,000 members across the country, 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 U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in our 27 year history.