I've been having a major case of déjà vu this year.
2017 has a lot in common with 1992 — the so-called "Year of the Woman" when women were so outraged by the treatment of Anita Hill that they helped send four EMILY's List women to the Senate and 20 to the House.
In '92, women were determined to change the direction of the country. And they're doing the same thing today.
Millions of us joined the Women's March. We swept a tide of women into office this year in special elections and on Election Day. And over 25,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List this year to learn about running for office — compared to just over 900 from all of last cycle!
The tide is changing, and women are the driving force behind it all.
Donate $3 to become a 2018 EMILY's List member and make next year one for the history books.
When Anita Hill came forward 26 years ago about then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassing her, it was the first time we as a country really had a national conversation about sexual harassment.
And it would never have happened if seven congresswomen hadn't marched down to the Senate and demanded that Anita be heard.
A few days later, the images of an all-white, all-male Senate Judiciary panel questioning an African American woman about the validity of her experience sparked a movement. The next year, EMILY's List membership increased 600%, helping to put up some major wins at the ballot box.
It was electrifying.
And the similarities between that moment and this year's Women's March and #MeToo movement are impossible to miss.
Another similarity: We need everyone to give everything they can to use this energy to create lasting change.
Donate $3 to become a 2018 EMILY's List member so we can take the energy of this year and turn it into big political wins for women:
Ellen R. Malcolm
Founder and Chair of the Board, EMILY's List
1800 M Street NW, Suite 375N, Washington, DC 20036
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