• Press Release

EMILYs List Hosts Annual We Are EMILY Gala Honoring Pelosi, Democratic Pro-Choice Women Changing the World 

May 8, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, May 16 EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, will host its 2023 annual We Are EMILY Gala. This event will honor Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi’s leadership and celebrate the Democratic pro-choice women protecting democracy, defending reproductive rights, and changing the world through their incredible work while in office.  

Featuring EMILYs List-endorsed candidates, elected officials, and Democratic leaders from around the country, we will hear about the Democratic pro-choice women changing their communities and the world. With Republicans’ continued attacks on abortion access and reproductive rights on the line, the program will also offer a look ahead at the future plans for electing the women who will secure and restore our rights.

During the program, the 2023 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award will be presented to Florida state Rep. and House Minority Leader Fentrice Driskell.

WHAT:     We Are EMILY National Gala 

WHO:       Laphonza Butler, EMILYs List President 
              Ellen R. Malcolm, EMILYs List Founder & Chair Emerita 
              Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Emerita 
              State Rep. Fentrice Driskell, Florida House Minority Leader 
              Sen. Jacky Rosen (NV) 
              Sen. Mark Kelly (AZ) 
              Rep. Katherine Clark, House Minority Whip (MA) 
              Rep. Andrea Salinas (OR) 
              Rep. Emilia Sykes (OH) 
              State Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (VA) 
              Addison Rose, Washington D.C. Youth Mayor 
              Rebecca Haile, EMILYs List Board President   

WHEN:     Tuesday, May 16, 2023
               6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET  

WHERE:   The Anthem
               901 Wharf Street SW
               Washington, D.C. 20024

RSVP: Space is limited. Reporters interested in attending in person or virtually should RSVP with Sara Spain


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.