For Immediate Release
August 26, 2019
EMILYs List Recognizes Women’s Equality Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the proclamation of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:
“Nearly a century after some women won the right to vote, the historic number of women running for president of the United States reminds us that it wouldn’t have been possible without the women who fought before us. As we honor and celebrate those women who paved the way, we continue the hard work towards fair representation in government. Women’s rights – from reproductive freedom, to fair and equal pay, to paid family leave – are under constant threat by Trump and the Republican party; a daily reminder that it’s just as important now, almost one hundred years later, for women to exercise their power at the ballot box. We cannot take it for granted. As we look towards the 2020 election, we’ll make sure every women’s voice is heard in the fight to elect pro-choice Democratic women who will champion women’s 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.