For Immediate Release
August 22, 2019
EMILYs List Recognizes Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, in recognition of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day — the day which marks how many days into the new year a Black woman must work to earn what a white non-Hispanic man made at the end of the previous year — Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“The truth is, Trump's anti-woman anti-worker agenda is making it harder for women to provide for their families. For Black women, who on average make only $.61 for every dollar that non-Hispanic white men make for the same work, it's even worse. Limiting Black women’s economic opportunity will have lasting consequences for the American families who rely on these women to put food on the table. While Republicans across the country work to provide tax cuts for their wealthy donors instead of hardworking families, roll back workplace protections, and make health care less accessible and less affordable we’re proud to stand with women in Congress like Reps. Lauren Underwood, Ayanna Pressley, and Lucy McBath who have fought to protect Black women since day one. It’s time to hold our representatives accountable and ensure that equal pay for equal work is a reality for every woman in this country; that's exactly what we'll do by electing pro-choice Democratic women who champion women’s economic equality.”
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.