For Immediate Release
February 1, 2020
EMILYs List Recognizes Black History Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In recognition of Black History Month, EMILYs List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement:
“As we mark Black History Month, we celebrate the barriers African Americans have broken despite centuries of enduring oppression. This is a time to lift up the often overlooked achievements of trailblazers who've led the demand for a seat at the table. The Democratic Party stands on the shoulders of Black women whose legacies and ongoing leadership will outlast the Trump administration's hateful attempts to divide our nation.”
“We're proud that there are more Black women than ever serving in elected office across the country championing issues like equal pay, affordable health care, maternal mortality, and gun violence prevention, but we must do more in the face of an administration that coddles white supremacists and systematically attacks people of color. EMILY's List will continue working to help recruit, train, and elect more Black women who will stand up to bigotry and hate and give voice to their underrepresented communities at all levels of government.”
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.