• Press Release

EMILYs List Statement on National Arab American Heritage Month

April 1, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of National Arab American Heritage Month, EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:

“As we begin National Arab American Heritage Month, EMILYs List celebrates the rich history of Arab Americans in the United States. We are proud to recognize the Arab American women who continue to make history by running for office. Women like state Rep. Ruwa Romman, the first Muslim and Palestinian woman elected to the Georgia state House. Or previously endorsed candidates like Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who continue to fight for the policies their constituents need, while proudly sharing their rich cultural heritage. 

Their contributions, and that of all Arab Americans to our country deserve recognition every day. Though we celebrate, we must also acknowledge the need for increased representation at every level of government. We must continue to strive to elect Democratic pro-choice women that reflect the diverse communities that they represent. At EMILYs List, we remain dedicated to uplifting the Arab American women who bravely choose to run for office, with the knowledge that every time history is made, these women change the world.”

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.