For Immediate Release
May 1, 2019
EMILYs List Recognizes AAPI Heritage Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:
“We are proud to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the tremendous contributions AAPI leaders have made in building stronger communities for women and families across this nation.
“While the 116th Congress is the most diverse in history, less than 5% of representatives are Asian American. At EMILYs List, we know there is still a lot of work to be done toward equal representation and we’re proud of the AAPI women currently serving who are strong voices for their communities. From Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), to Sens. Mazie Hirono, Tammy Duckworth, and Kamala Harris, and to the Asian American women serving in legislatures across the country, these leaders are powerful evidence of the progress made when women of diverse backgrounds have a seat at the table.”
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 46,000 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.