By AFRO Staff

EMILY’s List held their annual “We are EMILY” gala on May 16 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C., welcoming elected officials from across the nation including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. EMILY’s List is a political action organization dedicated to supporting Democratic female candidates in favor of abortion rights. At this year’s gala they honored Speaker Emeritus Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-11) for her contributions to the House of Representatives. Pelosi’s groundbreaking work led to her being voted to serve as the first ever woman Speaker of the House. 

Other honorees included Fentrice Driskell, who serves in Florida’s House of Representatives and represents District 67, where she too made history as the first Black woman minority leader in the history of the Florida House of Representatives. Driskell received the Gabrielle Gifford Rising Star award which celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office who is committed to serving families. Advocates such as Ayanna Pressley and Kim Foxx were warmly embraced as recipients of this award in previous years.