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EMILY’s List Announces “The Impact Project” How Democratic Women Are Making A Difference In Congress

August 20, 2012

For Immediate Release

EMILY’s List Announces “The Impact Project,” How Democratic Women Are Making A Difference In Congress

WASHINGTON – Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, unveiled a research archive called “The Impact Project” detailing the influence that Democratic women in Congress have had on national policy.

“Every day, our lives are directly impacted by critical policies that we take for granted– but which were hard-fought gains won by electing more women to office,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “From equal pay, to Title IX, to access to women’s healthcare, Democratic women in Congress have led – and continue to lead – the way to implementing policies that improve the lives of families all over America. ‘The Impact Project’ aims to show conclusively that we benefit as a society from having more Democratic women in Washington.”

Our research showed that since 1990, Democratic women have been the most progressive voting bloc in Congress overall.

“In order to pass a sustained progressive agenda in Congress,” Schriock continued, “from energy to tax fairness and everything in between, the path is clear: elect more Democratic women. And 2012 could be an historic year for Democratic women candidates.  EMILY’s List is proud to support an incredible number of candidates who are ready to keep leading on the issues that matter most to American families.”

View the Impact Project: http://emilyslist.org/impact-project

To create the Impact Project, EMILY’s List:

• Analyzed  National Journal’s vote ratings from 1990-2011, which ranks key votes of the year on a liberal and conservative scale in the areas of social, economic, and foreign policy issues. We found that Democratic women are the most progressive on this scale.

• Conducted a legislative mapping by looking at ten issues relevant to women: child safety, access to women’s health care, head start funding, security and the military, women in the economy, the minimum wage, equal pay, food safety, clean air, and Title IX.  Findings showed that EMILY’s List women in office have been critical to making progress on these issues.

“The Impact Project” is a resource for understanding and promoting the value of Democratic women in Congress – and it proves that electing more Democratic women means building a more progressive America.

In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 1,500,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 87 pro-choice, Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 27 year history.