About Us

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 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 strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILY’s List raised a record-breaking $110 million dollars and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 50,000 women have 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.

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 – and so far the only — 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.