About Us

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect pro-choice Democratic 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, 157 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,200 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILY’s 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.

EMILY’s List has played a role in a number of historic races:

  • In 1986, Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD) — one of EMILY’s List’s first two candidates — became the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right.
  • In 1992, the “Year of the Woman,” EMILY's List helped elect four new women senators and 20 new congresswomen.
  • Senator Carol Moseley Braun was sworn in in 1993, when she became the first African American woman senator.
  • We were proud to elect Tammy Baldwin, the nation’s first openly gay member of Congress, in 1998.
  • We launched our state and local program in 2000 to help elect pro-choice Democratic women at all levels of government.
  • And in 2012 we saw another historic election cycle, helping elect nine women to the Senate, 19 to the House, and the only Democratic woman governor in the country.

 

You can learn more about our candidates and work at EMILYsList.org.