For Immediate Release
August 26, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Women’s Equality Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List celebrates Women’s Equality Day, a commemoration of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of women being granted the right to vote, we also acknowledge that the passage of the 19th Amendment excluded Black, Indigenous, and women of color. With Republicans still working to suppress the right to vote at the ballot box, the fight for gender equality continues. Amid nationwide attacks on women, we remain committed to fighting for women across the country. At EMILYs List, we are proud to support and uplift candidates dedicated to achieving equity for all. . Now more than ever, we must utilize the right to vote to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot. It’s time to harness our political power and make our voices heard.”
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.