Washington, DC — Today, leading female Members of Congress announced the launch of “Elect Democratic Women,” a new organization inspired by the “Year of the Woman,” to elect more pro-choice Democratic women to Congress than ever before, as well as build a base of support to ensure female incumbents are re-elected in the years to come.
While 51% of Americans are female, only one in five Members of Congress are women. Elect Democratic Women was formed out of a recognition that women bring a unique and vital perspective to solving the urgent challenges facing American women and their families, and that by electing more Democratic women to Congress, we will have a more fair, just, and equitable society for all Americans.
Democrats are targeting black voters in the battleground state of Ohio as key to victory in a state they lost to President Donald Trump in 2016.
The months-long effort was highlighted when former President Barack Obama made a stop in Cleveland last week to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, where he delivered a plea for voters to turnout on Election Day. In addition to the governor’s race, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is running for re-election and there are competitive congressional races that could be key to determining which party controls the House.