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EMILYs List Announced Line-up for 5th Annual Pre-Oscar Event

March 15, 2022

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2022


Event to spotlight the collective power of women ahead of the 94th Academy Awards
WASHINGTON, D.C. –EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, announced today it will present its fifth annual Oscars Week Discussion on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, ahead of the 94th Academy Awards. This awards season, the EMILYs List event, themed The Collective Power of Women, will highlight the successes achieved when working together, lifting each other up, and creating better environments for all women. 

Held in Los Angeles and following strict COVID protocols, the event will feature a panel discussion hosted by the EMILY's List Creative Council — a powerful mix of entertainment industry and elected leaders — coming together to spotlight the groundbreaking women who are leading the way in their fields. Confirmed panelists include showrunner, producer, writer, director, and actor Gloria Calderón Kellett; actor Maitreyi Ramakrishnan; Hall of Fame marketing executive, author, and entrepreneur Bozoma Saint John; comedian, writer, actor, and producer Robin Thede; U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), an EMILYs List-endorsed candidate for Los Angeles mayor; with actress, writer, producer, host and member of EMILY’s Board of Directors Yvette Nicole Brown serving as moderator. In addition, there will be a one-on-one conversation between author, actor and member of EMILYs List Creative Council Amber Tamblyn and WNBA star, ESPN host and activist Chiney Ogwumike. 

“After the past few years of groundbreaking moments for women in politics, the work continues to fight for equitable pay, union standards and representation,” said Yvette Nicole Brown, actress, writer, producer, host, and member of EMILYs List’s Board of Directors. It is an honor to carry on that work with EMILYs List and the dynamic women in politics and entertainment.”

Through this year’s Oscars Event, EMILYs List is recognizing the efforts of women in these two industries who are working to change policy to boost representation, and who are fighting for gender pay equity, and ensuring unions are prioritized. 

“EMILYs List is thrilled to have such an incredible lineup of women join us for our fifth annual panel,” said Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List. “It’s so very important that we understand the power that we as women have when we use our platforms to demand more diversity in hiring, better pay, and more senior positions in these two high profile industries that for too long have been driven by men.”

EMILYs List’s vision is to be a driving force of progressive change in America. By electing more Democratic pro-choice women to national, state and local office, EMILYs List will consistently infuse government with leaders who will drive change. 

“I look forward to attending this event to highlight and bring leaders in both the entertainment and political spheres together in one room to discuss how we can all be supporting women,” said Paul Bernon, vice chair of the EMILYs List Board of Directors. “It’s powerful to see the work that can be accomplished together to create lasting change.” 

The EMILY's List Creative Council aims to help the organization reach new, diverse voters across industries, geographies, and age groups. The Creative Council is co-chaired by film producer and Peabody Award winner Paul Bernon and comedian Chelsea Handler.

The fifth annual EMILYs List pre-Oscar event host committee includes: Alyssa Lanz, Andrea Nelson Meigs, Amy Landecker, Denise Melanson, Desiree Flores, Emmy Rossum, Hannah Minghella, Kathryn Hahn, Lizzie Thompson, Natasha Rothwell, Maddy Roth, Rene Jones, Sara Benincasa, Sarah Clossey, Tony Wallace, Tracy Brennan, Shelter PR, and WME. 

For more information about EMILYs List please visit www.emilyslist.org. 

Approved headshots of select participants can be downloaded HERE. Please note photo credit in the image caption.

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice 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 and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women 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. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.