More and more Democratic women politicians are being elected
into office nationwide with the help of a network called EMILY’s
List. The EMILY stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast. As yeast
helps bread to rise, EMILY’s List aids in raising money
for female, pro-choice Democratic candidates.
For so many years, women considering public office faced large,
formidable barriers,” said California Senator Barbara
Boxer in a letter encouraging more support for the network.
We did not have the money. We did not have the network. We
did not have the staff or the experience to run a campaign,” she
Through the EMILY’s List Web site, supporters can register
as members of the network. Members can learn more about the
current candidates being endorsed by EMILY’s List and
make contributions to their individual campaigns.
In 1994, EMILY’s List members organized the WOMEN VOTE! project, designed
to increase the number of Democratic women voters, and encourage them to become
active in supporting their favorite candidates.
Other programs developed by EMILY’s List include training for women campaigning
for the first time and assistance in providing the funding necessary to run a
Before EMILY’s List was founded in 1985, according to its literature, no
Democratic woman had ever run for and been elected to the U.S. Senate. A woman
had never been elected as governor of a large state, and only 12 women sat in
the U.S. House of Representatives.
Twenty-two years ago, 25 women decided to organize a network that would work
to raise money for pro-choice democratic women candidates. Today, there are 12
Democratic women in the U.S. Senate, 50 Democratic pro-choice female members
of Congress, and more than eight women governors.
In the 2006 election, all the incumbent Democratic women in Congress who were
backed by EMILY’s List won their elections and seven new Democratic women
were elected. With the help of the network and the $11 million donated by its
members to all EMILY’s List endorsed candidates, Nancy Pelosi was selected
as the first-ever female Speaker of the House.
In addition to assisting women who are running for office on the national level,
EMILY’s List has plans to focus more attention on getting women elected
to state- and local-level seats.
It still takes courage to run for office,” said Boxer. “But thanks
to EMILY’s List, talented and capable women all across America are finding
that courage, running for office, and, most importantly, winning.”
For more information visit www.emilyslist.org.