For Immediate Release
August 26, 2018
EMILYs List Recognizes Women's Equality Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks Women's Equality Day, which commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. In recognition, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:
“The 19th Amendment might have guaranteed our right to vote, but it did not give women an equal voice in our government. Women still make up just 20 percent of Congress. We have never had a woman president. And the GOP will stop at nothing to tear down women and their rights.
“The change we need, we must bring ourselves — by voting in every election we can, up and down the ballot, and electing pro-choice Democratic women to office who will ensure that the rights of all Americans are protected. That is how we celebrate the history made 98 years ago, and that's exactly what we plan to do in November.”
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.