EMILYs List Statement on the Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

July 2, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In 1964, the signing of the landmark legislation Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement recognizing the anniversary: 

“In 1964, the signing of the Civil Rights Act into law ushered in a new era for equality. It was a promise that America was moving forward toward a more equitable future. While we have achieved many victories since then in the fight for civil rights, we have much further to go. In a time when Republicans continue to legislate away fundamental freedoms, the fight has gotten harder. With GOP plans for a national abortion ban, their attacks on the LGBTQ+ community, and a Supreme Court turning back the clock, our voices must be louder. We won’t go back – and EMILYs List and the leaders we have supported will continue to be the answer in the defense of freedom.”

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.