EMILYs List Recognizes Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
For Immediate Release
May 1, 2018
EMILY's List Recognizes Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock released a statement on the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:
“Here's a startling fact this Asian American and Pacific Islander Month: AAPI women make up just two percent of Congress. That's unacceptable. At EMILY's List, we're dedicated to making our halls of power look more like communities across the country – and that means working to elect women from diverse backgrounds to Congress and state and local office.”
“From Senators Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, and Mazie Hirono, to Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Stephanie Murphy, AAPI women have been among the most powerful and passionate voices for progress and change. We're doing everything we can to send these leaders reinforcements. From Mai Khanh Tran in California, to Aruna Miller in Maryland, to Gina Ortiz Jones in Texas, AAPI women are fighting hard to win their elections and stand up for the communities and constituents they represent. This month, like all months, we'll be with them every step of the way.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.