For Immediate Release
July 2, 2020
EMILYs List Celebrates the Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In honor of the 56th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Fifty-six years ago, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. Unfortunately, in 2020, the civil rights of all are still not equal as our country continues to reckon with systematic racism and oppression, made worse by the GOP’s ongoing support of dangerous and discriminatory policies. Just as our nation came together in 1964, we must all commit ourselves to fight against the injustices and inequities that women, people of color, LGBTQ+ Americans, and immigrants face. EMILYs List is proud to support pro-choice Democratic women who will work toward a future that ensures fairness in all of our diverse communities.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic 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 strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 55,000 women have 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.