WASHINGTON, D.C. – EMILYs List Interim President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on the passing of former Sen. Jean Carnahan:
“Sen. Jean Carnahan’s service, born of tragedy, broke barriers for women in Missouri. Her legacy will live on for years to come as Democratic pro-choice women organize, advocate, and serve in office. Carnahan was a voice for reproductive freedom and a leader future generations of Missourians can look up to. EMILYs List exists to uplift and elect pro-choice women like Carnahan, and today we remember and honor her life and her contribution to our democracy.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.