For Immediate Release
September 15, 2019
EMILYs List Statement on Hispanic Heritage Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:
“This month, we honor the contributions that those with Hispanic heritage have made to the political, social, and economic progress of our country. While this administration has prioritized the devaluation and dehumanization of this community — from its racist policies to its dangerous and bigoted rhetoric — we must work harder than ever for equality. Despite being one of the fastest growing demographics in the United States, Latinas remain underrepresented in elected office across this country. This lack of representation in the halls of power is only made more apparent by the un-American Republican agenda at the border.
Trailblazers like Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Reps. Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, and so many others have been leading the fight for their communities in Congress. While the White House targets Latinas with hateful and racist rhetoric, these historic “firsts” are only the beginning. EMILYs List is proud to recruit, train, and elect progressive Latina fighters in city councils, state legislatures, and Congress to prove that all Americans deserve a fair shot.”
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.