Laphonza Butler Becomes First Black Woman To Lead Emily’s List

September 13, 2021

Jam'n 107.5: Laphonza Butler Becomes First Black Woman To Lead Emily's List

By Ryan Shepard

Laphonza Butler has made history as the first Black woman to lead Emily's List, an organization that backs women in politics who are pro-choice. Prior to taking this position, Butler worked as part of S.E.I.U. California for two decades. While there, she advocated for raising the minimum wage among other things. In her new position, she will have to use those tools as Emily's List navigates a challenging political climate.

“As someone who has spent her entire career empowering women, I am excited to continue that work as the leader of an organization that has changed the face of American politics at all levels. As the first woman of color and first mother in this role, I am proud to bring my lived experiences along with my organizing and political experiences to the job,” Butler said.

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