FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 1, 2022
EMILY’S LIST CELEBRATES FILIPINO AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks the start of Filipino American Heritage Month. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement in celebration:
“EMILYs List is proud to celebrate the rich history of the Filipino American community. We are honored to help elect Filipino Americans who represent their constituents and heritage at a time when increased representation and true equity has never been more important. Groundbreaking Democratic pro-choice women like Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler, the first Filipina American to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, and Maria Cervania, who was the first Filipino elected to office in North Carolina, now running to represent her community in the state House, should be celebrated for making history. While we celebrate those that have been the first, we must acknowledge that there is still more to be done. By continuing to lift up and elect diverse candidates, we will ensure that underrepresented communities will be celebrated every day.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised over $700 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure campaigns for Democrats, and turning out women voters 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 nearly 1,400 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.