Did you miss the brunch held Sunday at the Marriott Wardman Park, in Washington, D.C., to savor the inauguration of the President and to congratulate each other on the largest group of women ever elected to Congress? If you had attended the “EMILY’S List” sponsored event, you could have celebrated with several of the Democratic women backed by the PAC, which funds female candidates who support abortion rights such as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and of course, Ashley Judd who is still “undecided” on her senate run against Mitch McConnell. Attendees had the pleasure of being addressed by Nancy Pelosi, who praised the number of women elected to the House and Senate this year.
So who (or what) is EMILY’S List?
Emily is an acronym for “Early Money is like Yeast” because yeast makes the dough rise. I kid you not.
EMILY’S List is a grassroots national organization (PAC) begun in 1985 by Ellen Malcolm with the sole purpose of raising money to elect pro-choice Democratic women to office. Is there such a thing as a pro-life Democrat woman? If there is, she’s out of luck if she wants to be supported by EMILY’S List.
A one-stop-shopping group for progressives who want to run for office, EMILY’S List provides funding and training in pursuit of furthering their agenda against the sanctity of life. In a blog written by EMILY’S List president, Stephanie Shriock, the mentality of this organization was exposed in her attack on Republicans and those who oppose the group’s stance on abortion by stereotyping Conservatives as “radical, dangerous, extremists”:
The 2012 election cycle showed how strongly voters support candidates who will stand for women’s right and progress. The EMILY’s List community — now more than 2 million members strong — helped elect nine women to the Senate and 21 women to the House. And we’re just getting started.
Despite this loud-and-clear message from voters, Republicans are determined to turn back the clock on women’s rights and re-litigate the battles that we thought were long over. Republicans in Congress already reintroduced personhood legislation that would ban all abortions and many forms of birth control and they’ll continue to fight to overturn Roe. We are having the same debates that my mother and grandmothers had. Thankfully, some of their most dangerous ideas — like defunding Planned Parenthood and redefining rape — have been blocked by a Democratic firewall in the Senate that the EMILY’s List community helped elect and continues to protect.
We know that the extreme right’s agenda does not reflect the beliefs of the changing American electorate. In fact, our research shows that more than any other issue, independent women voters in battleground states did not want to roll back the clock 40 years. When Election Day came around in 2012, the Romney-Ryan ticket and radical Senate candidates like Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin were rejected.
The 18-point gender gap in favor of President Obama, and strong support for pro-choice Democratic women in races across the country, showed that voters have the power to prevent GOP extremists from rolling back the clock on our rights. Forty years after Roe, pro-choice Democratic women have had unprecedented electoral success, and have been given a mandate to continue fighting for equal pay, education, and access to affordable healthcare that benefit women and families.
Here at EMILY’s List we’re up to the task of exposing extreme Republican policies, and fighting for women and their families by electing even more pro-choice Democratic women to build upon our electoral success. If we keep winning like this, we’ll have another 40 years of incredible progress ahead of us. When I turn 80, we had better be celebrating equal pay for equal work, a Congress that is 51 percent women, and a few good women in the Oval Office.
She states in her blog that EMILY’S List is “up to the task of exposing extreme Republican policies”. Guess what, Emily? We at PolitiChicks.tv are up to the task of exposing extreme Democratic policies!
Their slogan is “electing women to create progressive change”. Progressive….Well, we Conservatives are electing both women and men who can create a positive change! How’s that for progress?