For Immediate Release
January 26, 2018
Stephanie Schriock on Cecile Richards' Decade of Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Cecile Richards announced that she will be stepping down as president of Planned Parenthood. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, released the following statement:
"Cecile Richards has been an ally, a friend, and a true fighter for American women and families. Over the past decade, which saw Republicans across the country launch countless attacks on women's access to reproductive health care and Planned Parenthood itself, she stood firm and fought back. The wave of millions of women we're seeing march, protest, call their representatives, and run for office is a testament to her strength and leadership. "Women's issues" will never again be considered a niche, sidelined issue – our rights are central to our mission as progressives. EMILY's List wishes Cecile all the best, and we can't wait to see what she does next."
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.