For Immediate Release
January 30, 2018
EMILY's List and Ani DiFranco Partner Ahead of 2018 Midterms
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, announced that they will be partnering with activist and musician Ani DiFranco. As part of their partnership, DiFranco will be joining the EMILY's List Creative Council, while EMILY's List will participate in DiFranco's upcoming tour, offering information about the organization and women running for office to concertgoers.
“We are thrilled to expand the partnership between Ani DiFranco and EMILY's List at the start of what will be an historic year for Democratic women,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List. “A fierce activist and advocate for women's rights, it's an honor to have Ani join our five-million-strong EMILY's List community. In a year when our work is more important than ever, her voice will help us elect a wave of pro-choice Democratic women to office this November.”
“How quickly we could slay the monster of the Great American Disillusionment if we rallied now and each of us wielded the power of our vote and cast it,” said Ani DiFranco. “How quickly we could transform this moment if we were to take it a step further and run for public office ourselves. We the 99 percent. We the great, bubbling melting pot whose diversity is not our liability but, in fact, our greatest strength. What if we worked together to help each other get seats at the table?”
“EMILYs List is an organization doing just that. EMILYs List helps women who believe in reproductive freedom to become candidates, run campaigns, and gain public office at every level of government,” continued DiFranco. “And what a terrific place to start, if you ask me! They are approaching democracy through the lens of female inclusion, and they are having remarkable success! Women everywhere are stepping up to the plate. So get ready! With the help of EMILYs List, this voting thing is about to get fun. I am honored to partner with EMILYs List on the Creative Council to try to make a significant impact on the midterm elections and beyond.”
Early this cycle, DiFranco included EMILY's List in Babefest, the second edition of her traveling music, community and activism festival.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.