For Immediate Release
June 15, 2021
EMILYs List Celebrates Immigrant Heritage Month
Today, Emily Cain, executive director of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month:
“At EMILYs List, we are proud of our groundbreaking, history-making elected immigrant leaders, including our 2021 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award winner, judge of Harris County, TX, Lina Hidalgo, and two of our 2021 Rising Star nominees, Massachusetts state Rep. Tram Nguyen (HD-18 Essex) and New York state Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz (AD-39), as well as members of Congress, including Sen. Mazie Hirono (HI) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07). These members, and more like them, continue to lead on many important issues. We are honored to support these leaders as they share their stories and give voice to immigrant families throughout our country who share their lived experiences. While attacks on immigrant communities continue, separating families, harming the reproductive health of undocumented immigrants, and forcing our neighbors to live in fear, EMILYs List stands with immigrants as they fight against discrimination and harrassment.”
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, 157 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent 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.