Here's an amazing fact: EMILY's List has helped elect 94% of the women of color ever elected to Congress.
To celebrate Black History Month, we're highlighting our favorite African-American leaders every day on Facebook. I wanted to make sure you saw a few of my favorites.
1. EMILY's List has helped elect every single African American, Latina, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving in Congress.
2. In 1992, Carol Moseley Braun became the first woman of color to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She was also the first African American woman to win a major party Senate nomination. She remains the only African American woman to ever hold a seat in the Senate. EMILY's List is working hard every day helping women like her run for office.
3. First elected to Congress in 1968, Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman to win a congressional seat, and in 1972, she became the first African American presidential candidate for a major political party. She was also the first woman to run for the Democratic nomination. Chisholm shattered the racial barrier, but saw the need for continued progress toward equality, saying, "I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential." In that spirit, we're looking forward to 2016 and electing the first Madam President.
4. In 1992 -- the Year of the Woman -- EMILY's List supported eight African American women who were elected to the U.S. House: Corrine Brown, Eva Clayton, Barbara-Rose Collins, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Cynthia McKinney, Carrie Meek, and Maxine Waters.
5. EMILY's List has helped African American women reach higher office by establishing political pipelines. In 2004, EMILY's List helped elect state Senator Gwen Moore to Congress while simultaneously helping elect Assemblywoman Lena Taylor to fill Gwen's seat, and then Tamara Grigsby to fill Lena's assembly seat -- elevating pro-choice Democratic women into all three seats.
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