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2018 is already being called the “Year of the Woman.” As we begin to see political movements rise such as the #MeToo movement, or #TimesUp, women of all socioeconomic statues, cultures, political parties, and ages come together to bring awareness to women’s issues, such as the gender pay gap, sexual assault and harassment, and the misrepresentation of women in politics. One political action committee, EMILY’s list, works to elect democratic, pro-choice, female candidates to all levels of state and local office. According to their mission statement, EMILY’S List, which is an acronym that stands for “Early Money is Like Yeast,” is a political action committee that is committed to using monetary contributions to elect pro-choice female democrats to office, elect leaders to will enact change, and to engage in women’s issues and to have these issues be heard (EMILY’s List). Some of EMILY’s list most famous candidates include former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Senator Kamala Davis, and Governor Kate Brown of Oregon. Although EMILY’s List candidate Hillary Clinton did not win the 2016 Presidential election, EMILY’s list has seen a huge wave of interest in their mission of electing pro-choice, democratic, female candidates to all levels of elected office. Since 2016, the number of women who have signed up to run for office through EMILY’s list has risen to 26,000, and 8,000 more people who have signed up to support them (EMILY’s List). Although EMILY’s List supports pro-choice, democratic, female candidates running for office, the presence of groups like EMILY’s List has led to the number of women of all political leanings and views to run for elected office. Since 1985, the presence of gender focused political action groups such as EMILY’s List have led to the increase of the number of women of all political ideologies to run for elected office.
Franzen, Paige, "How do Gender Focused Political Action Campaigns, such as EMILY’S List, Contribute to the Number of Women Running for Office?" (2018). Student Honors Theses, Senior Capstones, and More. 4.