For Immediate Release
March 31, 2020
EMILYs List Recognizes Equal Pay Day
Today, EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement recognizing Equal Pay Day, the date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year:
“At a time of extensive economic insecurity with more challenges ahead, we are even more aware that women still face the injustices of gender pay disparity. Women, on average, make only 82 cents for every dollar earned by a man — and when broken down further for women of color, the gap is even greater. It’s unacceptable that every year women must work more hours than men just to receive equal pay. While Republicans push their anti-woman agenda, millions of families who rely on women’s paychecks for basic necessities are feeling the burden. EMILYs List will continue to support pro-choice Democratic women who will prioritize commonsense policies that give all women fair economic opportunity.”
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.