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EMILYs List Partners for the 8th Annual #BlackWomenLead Reception

September 17, 2021

For Planning Purposes Only
September 17, 2021

EMILYs List Partners with Emerge, Higher Heights for America, and #VOTEPROCHOICE for the 8th Annual #BlackWomenLead Reception

The Fight Continues: EMILYs List and partners host virtual reception celebrating Black women leaders.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sept. 21, 2021, EMILYs List, Emerge, Higher Heights for America, and #VOTEPROCHOICE will host a virtual event to highlight the work of Black women leaders and the fight that continues to elect them to office. 
This year, #BlackWomenLead will feature remarks from Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) and include two panels discussing the role of Black women in state legislatures and looking at what each of the four leading women’s organizations are doing to achieve a better future. The panel on Black state legislators will include North Carolina state Sen. Sydney Batch (SD-17), Florida state Rep. Fentrice Driskell (HD-63), and Georgia state Rep. Regina Lewis-Ward (HD-109). A representative from each hosting organization will take part in the panel discussion on leadership. Additionally, remarks will be given from Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) and New York Attorney General Letitia James.

WHO: A’shanti Gholar, Emerge; Glynda Carr, Higher Heights for America; Laphonza Butler, EMILYs List; D’Seanté Parks, #VOTEPROCHOICE; Rep. Cori Bush; Rep. Stacey Plaskett; Sen. Sydney Batch; Rep. Fentrice Driskell; Rep. Regina Lewis-Ward; Attorney General Letitia James.

WHAT: 8th Annual #BlackWomenLead Virtual Reception: The Fight Continues

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EDT

RSVP: For access to the virtual event, please RSVP to Tonya Williams, [email protected]


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.  For more information contact https://emilyslist.org/ 

Emerge is the nation’s premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office. Since 2002, Emerge has offered a unique, in-depth training program that provides aspiring women leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run and win elected office. Emerge has trained over 4,500 Democratic women to run and more than 1,000 Emerge alums serve in elected office today. For more information visit https://emergeamerica.org/ 

About Higher Heights for America:  is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies. For additional information please visit  http://www.higherheightsforamerica.org.

#VOTEPROCHOICE is the political home for the nation’s prochoice majority, supporting candidates who champion reproductive freedom and giving voters everything they need to vote prochoice in every election, everywhere. Originally founded in March 2016, #VOTEPROCHOICE has endorsed more than 2,200 candidates to date with more than 40% identifying as first-time candidates. For additional information, please visit https://www.voteprochoice.us/.