For Immediate Release
September 23, 2019
266 Days: EMILY's List Statement Recognizing Native Women's Equal Pay Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today marks Native Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day Native women must work into the new year to make what white, non-Hispanic men made at the end of the previous year. In recognition, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:
“It's disgraceful that today in America, a Native woman has to work an extra 266 days just to earn the same that non-Hispanic white men made the year before. Despite Native women's invaluable contributions to our workforce, they make just 58 cents on the dollar — barely more than half the earnings of non-Hispanic white men. In a country where Native communities already face systemic racism and oppression, this is a sobering and shameful reminder of the economic disparities these women face. It could not be more clear how much we need Native women with diverse perspectives, women like Reps. Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Sharice Davids (KS-03), in office fighting for hardworking families. EMILYs List is proud to stand with Native women in office across the country as we look forward to electing even more in 2020.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 46,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state and national offices.