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EMILY's List members and the candidates they support are:

Pro-Equal Pay and
What makes EMILY's List endorsed candidates different?

EMILY's List members and candidates must support in the community, and in Parliament, the principles of equity, diversity, pro-choice, and the provision of equal pay and childcare.

Time and time again, when interviewed by EMILY's List, these progressive Labor women demonstrate their commitment, competence and their community connections which will and do enable them to win their seats with the support of the Party and EMILY's List.

EMILY's List and Labor's Affirmative Action Rule: Achieved Federally in 2001

A number of EMILY's List members were instrumental in initiating Labor's Affirmative Action target in 1994 (35% by 2002) and the subsequent increase in the target at the ALP Special Rules Conference on October 6, 2002 (40% by 2012).

At February 1996 there were 4 women ALP members of the House of Representatives. Today, there are 152 Labor women in parliaments of which 113 are EMILY's List members.

What We Do
EMILY's List supports candidates in three key ways:

EMILY's List Mentoring Programme

The EMILY's List's political mentoring programme is recognised as a national leader in mentoring.

Candidates in all elections are matched with mentors from similar backgrounds for example, rural candidates are often linked to mentors who had campaigned in a rural electorate.

All EMILY's List mentors many of whom are sitting or former MPs - have strong campaign experience and are in constant contact with candidates both prior to and during an election campaign, providing advice and support.


Training workshops give candidates practical information from women who have amassed vast political experience. Workshops typically encompass:

Skills Development (campaign progress and analysis)
Maximising Your Effect as a Woman Candidate (connecting with women voters)
Media interview techniques
Presenting an Effective Political Image
A Campaign Information Manual which compiles information on campaigning methods, campaigning as a woman and time management is provided to all endorsed EMILY's List candidates free of charge.

A SUCCESS STORY 1996-2003: When Women Support Women, Women Win!

EMILY's List is a financial, political and personal support network for progressive Labor women candidates. It is the only network of its kind in Australian politics.

Who is EMILY?

EMILY is an acronym and stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast it makes the dough rise.

Early campaign money is often the most important support a candidate can have when heading into an election.

Since its inception in 1996, EMILY's List has:

Helped 91 new women MPs to be elected into parliaments around Australia
Assisted Carol Martin, Member for Kimberley in Western Australia, to become the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to any Australian Parliament, in February 2001. Since then 3 additional indigenous women have been elected to state parliaments. They include Marion Scrymgour (NT), Kathryn Hay (TAS) and Linda Burney (NSW)
Assisted in the election of the largest number of women ever to a Lower House in Australia, supporting 20 of the 27 new women into the Queensland State Parliament in February 2001
Assisted in the election of 3 new women MPs (including the second Aboriginal women MP) into the Northern Territory Parliament in August 2001

Supported the election of Clare Martin, the first woman to be elected Chief Minister in the Northern Territory
Contributed nearly $500,000 to Labor women's campaigns
Commissioned Gender Gap research into the ways government can meet the needs of women

EMILY's List Australia is based on EMILY's List USA, which identifies talented Democrat women and supports them for election with funding, campaign advice, skills and information. EMILY's List USA was established in 1986, has more than 73,000 members and has helped elect seven senators, 55 congresswomen and seven governors.
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