FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement celebrating the start of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month:
“EMILYs List is proud to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. We honor the contributions of the AAPI community –particularly the women holding elected office who break barriers and fight for their constituents everyday. In doing so, they bring their diverse stories and perspectives to the halls of power. We are proud to have supported many Democratic pro-choice AAPI women through their election process from Vice President Kamala Harris, the first South Asian woman elected to the vice-presidency to Sen. Mazie Hirono, the first Asian American woman elected to the U.S. Senate. Sen. Hirono has proven to be a legislative force to be reckoned with and a pro-choice champion who has spearheaded a bill to protect the rights of abortion providers.”
“During the month of May and all year long, we will stand with and uplift Asian American voices;centering their stories, especially as violence against this community has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that our work is far from over – and we will continue to support Democratic pro-choice AAPI women running for office to change the world.”
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 $850 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 operations 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, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 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.