Not much can surprise me.
But when I heard that in just four months, over 10,000 women had reached out to EMILY's List about running for office, you could have knocked me over with a feather.
That's a wave if ever there was one. And they don't come around often — so I've been doing all I can to make sure we can meet the energy and enthusiasm of the women who are ready to put their names on a ballot.
Right now that means making sure we have the resources to help these women run through our new program, Run to Win. Just like it took months of individual women reaching out for this to grow into a wave, every dollar you chip in builds up to fund the programs we need to recruit, train, and elect more pro-choice Democratic women than ever before.
Movements are built by people taking small actions that add up to big change. Donate to be a part of the movement we're building right now.
I've been lucky enough to be a part of a few political waves.
There was 1992 — the Year of the Woman. Women across the country were outraged by an all-male Senate panel's treatment of Anita Hill. So they started sending their money to EMILY's List, and they started running. We elected more women to Congress than ever before. In fact, we quintupled the number of Democratic women in the Senate that year.
There was 2006, when the country was so frustrated with the Bush administration's incompetence that Democrats took back the House and installed the first woman speaker, Nancy Pelosi. And in 2012, we helped elect the first openly gay woman to the Senate and the second woman of color — and both Tammy Baldwin and Mazie Hirono are up for re-election this year.
Most of the time change happens bit by bit. Then, every few years, there's a chance to take a huge leap forward.
Donate to help build the infrastructure we need to elect more women than ever before:
Ellen R. Malcolm
Founder and Chair of the Board
1800 M Street NW, Suite 375N, Washington, DC 20036
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