EMILYs List Statement on Labor Day
September 4, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement to celebrate Labor Day:
“Today we celebrate the labor movement's integral role in building and protecting the American Dream for working families,” said Emily Cain, executive director of EMILY's List. “From the eight-hour work day and sick leave to weekends and overtime pay, the American workplace has been shaped by organizers, activists, and leaders who believed that workers must always have a seat at the table.”
“EMILY's List is committed to electing women who will continue the fight for fair and just working conditions. With equal pay and women's health care under constant threat, that fight has never been more urgent. EMILY's List — and the nearly 18,000 women who are ready to run for office — won't let up until women and families in every corner of the country get the fair shot they deserve.”
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.