Women’s fundraising group to honor Hillary Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored next month by EMILY’s List, a Democratic fundraising powerhouse, as she considers a potential 2016 presidential campaign that could make her the first woman to win the White House.
EMILY’s List, which works to elect Democratic women who support abortion rights, said Tuesday that Clinton would appear at its 30th anniversary awards gala in Washington on March 3. The former secretary of state will receive the group’s We Are EMILY Award to honor her leadership “as a fighter for women and families,” said Stephanie Schriock, the group’s president.
Schriock said Clinton has “dedicated her life to bettering the lives of women and families and has inspired the next generation with a focus on increasing economic empowerment across the country and around the world.”
The political action committee has been among the Democratic groups laying the groundwork for a Clinton campaign, holding events promoting the idea of electing the nation’s first female president and commissioning polling on U.S. interest in sending a woman to the White House. Schriock noted that the group has backed Clinton since her 2000 Senate election in New York.
Clinton is the leading Democratic contender for the White House and is widely expected to announce another presidential campaign in the coming months.
The group will also honor former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords for her “commitment to community” and dedication to women and families. Giffords was gravely wounded in a 2011 shooting during a political event she held at a Tucson, Arizona, shopping center. Six people were killed and 13 were injured, including Giffords. The former congresswoman has since become a leading advocate for gun control measures.