1. Our “Founding Mothers” were sick of the “ole boys”
In 1985, 25 women, rolodexes in hand, gathered in Ellen Malcolm’s basement to write letters to friends about helping pro-choice Democratic women fight the ‘ole boys’ in Washington.
2. “History was made” with Barbara Mikulski
Senator Barbara Mikulski became the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right in 1986. Famously saying “They said I didn’t look the part. Of course now, this is what the part looks like.”
3. Year of the Woman: 1992 Edition
EMILY’s List helped elect four new women senators and 20 new congresswomen, including the California power duo and the first all-female Senate delegation of Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.
4. Breaking barriers for all women: Carol Moseley Braun
Sen. Carol Moseley was the only African American woman ever to serve in the U.S. Senate. When she was sworn in to office in 1993, she also became the first woman to represent Illinois in the Senate
5. Strides for LGBT
In 1998, now-Senator Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay member of Congress when she was elected to the House of Representatives. Ever since, she has been an advocate for the millions of LGBT Americans.
6. POP DON’T STOP
In 2001, we knew local politics needed the strength of the EMILY’s List community – enter the Political Opportunity Program (POP) - focusing on recruiting, training, and supporting Democratic women across the country. This is where we find amazing women like Wendy Davis.
7. Madam Speaker, Madam Governor, Congresswoman, Mom.
EMILY’s List women do it all – from dealing with the Republican’s temper tantrums to tucking their own little ones into bed at night, many of our leading women are mothers too. Kirsten Gillibrand, Claire McCaskill, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Maggie Hassan- the list goes on and on.
8. Passing the torch- Stephanie Schriock
In 2010, EMILY’s List announced that Stephanie Schriock would be taking the reigns as president while our founder, Ellen Malcolm became chair of the board.
9. Year of the Woman: 2012 edition
With the help of EMILY’s List efforts, there are now more women serving in Congress than at any time in the history of the United States, with 75 Democratic women in the House and Senate.