October 23, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, it was announced that former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) executive Scott Courtney had resigned, days after he was suspended by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on nepotism and ethics code charges. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, released the following statement:
"Sexual harassment is never acceptable. Not in Washington, not in Hollywood, and never in our progressive movement. We are proud today to stand with President Mary Kay Henry and SEIU, who have shown tremendous leadership in confronting and acting upon an issue all too prevalent in our society. President Henry's actions exemplify why we need more women in power at every level, and in every field. EMILY's List will keep fighting every day to to elevate progressive women's voices and elect them to positions of power – because when women are in charge, real change occurs."
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILY’s List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.