Powerful PAC: EMILY's List Turns 25 One of the biggest names in politics is Emily. EMILY's List is an acronym that stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast — meaning it helps raise dough. EMILY's List is one of the most powerful political action committees in the country. For 25 years it has been raising money to give to Democratic women candidates, who support abortion rights.
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Powerful PAC: EMILY's List Turns 25

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Powerful PAC: EMILY's List Turns 25

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One of the biggest names in politics is Emily. EMILY's List is an acronym that stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast — meaning it helps raise dough. EMILY's List is one of the most powerful political action committees in the country. For 25 years it has been raising money to give to Democratic women candidates, who support abortion rights.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

NPR's Andrea Seabrook reports on EMILY's influence.

ANDREA SEABROOK: Walsh remembers vividly.

DEBBIE WALSH: We were all spending our weekend watching the Senate Judiciary Committee and seeing very clearly and starkly that there were no women on the committee, but a lot of white men judging this young woman and the situation that a lot of women could connect to and understand: sexual harassment in the workplace.

SEABROOK: Hill testified that when Clarence Thomas was her boss, he continually spoke to her about pornography, sex acts and his own sexual prowess. In this tape, then-Republican Senator Arlen Specter questioned Hill.

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ARLEN SPECTER: Professor Hill, you took it to mean that Judge Thomas wanted to have sex with you. But, in fact, he never did ask you to have sex, correct?

ANITA HILL: No, he did not ask me to have sex. He did continually pressure me to go out with him. Continually.

WALSH: That moment when Anita Hill was sitting there testifying, there was this kind of collective click, sort of like these guys don't get it.

SEABROOK: At its 25th anniversary celebration yesterday, founder Ellen Malcolm looked back.

ELLEN MALCOLM: In only 12 elections, you and I through EMILY's List have literally changed the face of power in America.

SEABROOK: Andrea Seabrook, NPR News, the Capitol.

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