For Immediate Release
March 15, 2022
EMILYs List Recognizes Equal Pay Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement recognizing Equal Pay Day:
“Women continue to make strides in achieving true equality and equity both in politics and industries that have long been male dominated. However, in 2022, women still have to work harder for less, and Equal Pay Day is a reminder of this. At a time when the rights of so many Americans have never been more under attack, with Republican controlled legislatures passing archaic laws challenging abortion rights and refusing to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, it is abundantly clear we need to remain committed to electing Democratic pro-choice women.”
“Today, as we recognize Equal Pay Day, we also acknowledge that women of color are paid proportionately less, while being the backbone of this country. In order to ensure their voices are heard, it is important to continue to support and elect women of color at every level of government. We look forward to electing EMILYs List candidates this year who will work to further equality, in the hopes that all women soon will be paid what they are worth.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice 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 and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women 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. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.