The following is a statement from EMILY's List President Ellen R. Malcolm announcing their endorsement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States.
“I am one of the millions of women who have waited all their lives to see the first woman sworn in as president of the United States — and now we have our best opportunity to see that dream fulfilled.
On the national stage and in the neighborhoods of New York, Senator Hillary Clinton has repeatedly put her expertise and power behind solutions that make the lives of the American people safer and more prosperous. No one is more qualified to bring to the White House the kind of principled and effective leadership our nation so desperately needs.
It is with tremendous excitement and pride that EMILY’s List endorses Senator Hillary Clinton for president. As Senator Clinton begins her historic journey, EMILY’s List will be with her every step of the way — raising early money from our grassroots donor network of more than 100,000 EMILY’s List members, using our vast political resources to help her build a strong national campaign, and mobilizing millions of women voters through our groundbreaking WOMEN VOTE! program to support her and every Democrat on the ticket in 2008.”
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EMILY’s List: Where History Is Made
“Time after time, EMILY’s List has taken on difficult challenges and helped pro-choice Democratic women break through barriers in politics. EMILY’s List is where history is made. We’ve been clearing the path for the first woman president since our founding in 1985, when we helped Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) become the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right. Since then, EMILY’s List has helped elect 12 more Democratic women to the U. S. Senate.
In 1988, when EMILY’s List began supporting congressional candidates, there were only 12 Democratic women in the U.S. House. Now Nancy Pelosi is the first woman Speaker in U.S. history — a feat made possible, in part, because of the support she has among the 50 Democratic women who serve in the House today.
We have helped elect hundreds of women to state and local office, including eight governors — putting women in executive leadership positions where none had served before. And we are prepared to make history again by helping elect Hillary Rodham Clinton as the first woman president of the United States!”