EMILY’s List candidate Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) piloted a Black Hawk helicopter when it was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq. She lost both her legs and part of her arm in the blast, but she landed the helicopter successfully. Val Demings (FL-08) was the daughter of a janitor who grew up to be Orlando’s first-ever female Chief of Police. While she was chief, the city’s violent crime rate dropped by 40 percent.
Title IX is more than just sports. It’s something that we at EMILY’s List have long understood. We know that Title IX has provided many women and girls across the country invaluable leadership lessons.
In case you’ve been living in an alternate universe over the past week, here’s some groundbreaking news that you might have missed:
Okay, maybe not as earth shattering as you thought. But it’s all the rage … and, quite frankly, outrage. And while we ordinarily wouldn’t give so much attention to a human being’s actual biology, the story behind ‘the word’ deserves some attention.
Sports were a huge part of my life growing up in Montana. I was a Butte High Bulldog and I was proud to wear Butte High purple. I also know I was lucky to wear Butte High purple, because I was born after Title IX was written.
In 1972, the Fortune 500 listed only one woman CEO of note: Katharine Graham of The Washington Post. In those days, if you looked through a list of 100 graduating lawyers, you’d find only seven women. Of 100 doctors, there were nine. Between 1971 and 1973, just 15 of the 535 people elected to Congress were female—less than 3%.
With about 20 meters left in the 3,200, West Liberty-Salem High School junior Meghan Vogel personified the purpose of Title IX in its 40th year.
As Vogel set her eyes on the finish line, her opponent, Arden McMath, started to collapse from fatigue. Instead of leveraging her advantage and immediately passing her, Vogel chose an alternative route. She lifted McMath up and helped carry her across the finish line.
What a fantastic June for EMILY’s List as primary polls closed in key states and results came pouring in announcing victories for our candidates across the country. We were stoked to see these hardworking, progressive champions of choice move on to November’s general election.
Let’s take a look at the primaries we’ve been tracking:
(drum roll please)
We’re pretty excited for Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) and Julia Brownley (CA-26) as they celebrate Tuesday’s primary victories. Facing fierce opponents in demanding districts, these women led strong campaigns to pull off amazing wins. In races like these, creating meaningful connections with women voters can often make the difference between victory and defeat. Why? Because when women vote, Democrats win.