For Immediate Release
April 1, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on National Arab American Heritage Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of National Arab American Heritage Month, EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“As we celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month, EMILY's List is proud to support Arab women who are powerful representatives for their communities. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) and state Reps. Iman Jodeh (CO-HD41) and Athena Salman (AZ-HD26) are groundbreaking Arab American women who consistently advocate for not only fellow Arab Americans, but all of their constituents, moving this country to a more inclusive and representative place. Their work to protect our right to vote, our access to reproductive health care, and our right to fair and equal treatment is essential.
While we celebrate Arab American Heritage Month, we must acknowledge the need for more Arab American representation at all levels of government. At EMILYs List, we remain committed to supporting Democratic pro-choice women so that we may have representation that is reflective of our values and heritage.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice 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 and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women 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. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.