January 16, 2017
EMILYs List Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
“As we honor Dr. King’s legacy today, we know we are living in a moment when continuing the fight for fairness, equality, and justice for all has never been more critical. As states continue to enact legislation that aims to suppress our voting rights, the fight is very much alive and real for millions in our country.
“As we face this and many other challenges, our EMILYs List community — now more than five million strong — stands ready to fight and to continue our work of electing pro-choice Democratic women to office at all levels of government. Our women, with their diverse voices and perspectives — in Congress, in our state legislatures, and in communities across the nation — are the leaders standing up and speaking out in support of policies that will lift up all Americans, no matter their backgrounds, what they look like, or whom they love. And we know that our elected women will work every day to build upon the progress we’ve made and keep our country moving forward.”
EMILY’s 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 trained over 9,000 women to run and 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 EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color – including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.