For Immediate Release
August 26, 2021
EMILYs List Recognizes Women’s Equality Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, celebrates and recognizes Women’s Equality Day, the 101st anniversary of the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave some women the right to vote. Emily Cain, the executive director of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is excited to celebrate over a century of women’s suffrage in America, but we recognize that there is still so much more work to be done to achieve true equality. In practice, the 19th Amendment only guaranteed white women access to the ballot. Black, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latina, and Native American women had to wait decades longer to be afforded the same right. And even now, more than a century later, too many women still face unfair obstacles to voting. The change that we need is achievable. EMILYs List is proud of our record of electing Democratic pro-choice women to all levels of elected office who work to ensure that the rights of every American are protected. This is how we honor Women’s Equality Day today and every day.”
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, 158 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent 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.