March 13, 2016
EMILY's List Announces Launch of Creative Council: Entertainment Industry to Reach Millennial Voters In Support of Hillary Clinton and Women Candidates
Lena Dunham and Paul Bernon to Co-Chair
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced a new initiative to reach the voters we’ll need to turn out this November to support Hillary Clinton and our candidates running up and down the ballot.
2016 provides an unprecedented opportunity to create lasting change. Not only do we have women running all the way up to the top of the ticket for the first time ever, millennials will outnumber boomers at the ballot box. Latinas will vote in unprecedented numbers. And unmarried women will decide the fate of the White House and the Senate, which will shape the Supreme Court for generations.
We need to reach these voters now in order to make sure they turn out in November. For over 30 years, EMILY’s List has been changing the game and making feminist history – and we’re just getting started.
“There is a true cultural moment around feminism and women’s leadership – and EMILY’s List can harness it and make sure it lasts,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “We’ve been reaching out to non-political industries where women are working together to disrupt a boys’ club – and finding stories and sisterhoods a lot like our own. From Hollywood to Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C., women and allies are doing the creative and courageous work of breaking through these last barriers and finally taking our half of the table.”
“EMILY’s List has a mission that young women really get,” said writer and producer Lena Dunham. “When women lead, we get better, saner laws for women and men everywhere. It’s time to harness our enthusiasm and our expertise to get that message out before November. It’s about the courts, it’s about Congress, it’s about our health and our economic stability and our future. Young women are some of the most motivated people I know – we’re going to turn them into an army of motivated voters over the next eight months.”
“We need to reach these voters now in order to make sure they turn out in November,” producer and EMILY’s List Board Member Paul Bernon said. “And our beltway-focused political dialogue is not the way to do it. So we’re reaching out to influential entertainers and industry executives who can speak to the rising American electorate and communicate the stakes in 2016.”
The Creative Council will engage in an unprecedented effort to motivate and mobilize young women voters – this project will involve online videos targeting millennials, digital campaigns, social media, events, and more.
The first event will take place in New York City on March 17th, featuring special guest Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises.
Creative Council Members Include:
Lena Dunham, co-chair
Paul Bernon, co-chair
Sarah Sophie Flicker
Ashley Nicole Black
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.