For Immediate Release
May 2, 2022
EMILYs List Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List celebrates the start of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is excited to be celebrating the start of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The contribution of AAPI women to our political landscape cannot be overstated, and we are proud to have supported them as candidates, and lift up the work they do every day to protect abortion rights. As we continue to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month throughout May, we recognize the importance of supporting and electing AAPI Democratic pro-choice women like Vice President Kamala Harris, Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono, Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen, and many more. Increasing diversity, and working to make sure the government at every level looks like the communities we live in ensures that the people most impacted by anti-choice legislation are heard in the fight for abortion rights.”
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.