For Immediate Release
March 2, 2020
EMILYs List Puts 11 State Legislative Chambers “On Notice” For Turning the Clock Back on Women’s Rights and Shortchanging Working Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, expanded its “On Notice” opposition program to include 11 state legislative chambers across eight states. EMILYs List is calling out incumbent Republicans for their anti-woman and anti-family records and is working to flip these chambers from red to blue by electing pro-choice Democratic women in the upcoming 2020 election.
“Republicans in these eight states have amassed a shameful record of voting to turn back the clock on women’s rights and shortchange working families,” said EMILYs List President Stephanie Schriock. “Across the board, reproductive rights are under attack. Republicans in these chambers have consistently worked to undercut women’s reproductive freedoms by pursuing six week abortion bans, spreading misinformation, and supporting legislation to force doctors to lie about a medically dubious “abortion reversal” procedure.”
EMILYs List has put 11 state legislative chambers “On Notice” this cycle: the Arizona House and Senate, the Florida Senate, the Iowa House, the Minnesota Senate, the Michigan House, the North Carolina House and Senate, the Pennsylvania House and Senate, and the Ohio House. A full list of targets at both the state and federal levels can be found here.
Last summer, EMILYs List announced an unprecedented $20 million investment in state and local elections for the 2019-2020 cycle targeting more than 500 state legislative races. In addition to focusing on redistricting, the effort prioritizes states where there is great opportunity due to changing demographics, where a woman’s right to choose is under attack, and where there are rising women leaders pushing for change across the board.
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 50,000 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.