On the heels of Sen. Collins’ vote to block legislation working to end gender discrimination in pay, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, put Shenna Bellows, candidate to represent Maine in the United States Senate, “On the List.”

 The EMILY’s List community now stands more than three million members strong. “On the List” is a way to make sure EMILY’s List members can engage with and support promising candidates all across the country. By putting these women “On the List,” EMILY’s List is ensuring that they have access to this powerful network of supporters.

 “For nearly a decade, Shenna Bellows has made protecting the civil rights of Maine women and families a priority,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’ List. “We need progressive leaders in the Senate who know how to break through partisan gridlock and get things done, and Shenna has a proven track record of doing just that. It’s time to give Mainers a leader who will put them first, and the EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is ready to send her to the United States Senate.”

Shenna Bellows is the former Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maine, where she served for eight years. During her tenure, the Maine ACLU was a nationwide leader in bipartisan work to strengthen privacy and civil rights laws. Bellows has been an integral part of the fight for marriage equality in Maine, and is a strong advocate of reproductive rights. Prior to her tenure at the ACLU, Bellows worked in research at Economists Incorporated, and served in the Peace Corps in Panama to help small business development, and improve economic and educational opportunities for women and girls. Bellows is a native Mainer, and grew up in Hancock. She is a graduate of Middlebury College. Bellows and her husband live outside Augusta in the town of Manchester.

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $385 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country. Throughout its 29 year history, the organization has recruited and trained over 9,000 women to run, worked to elect 102 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List helped elect 97% of the Democratic women of color in Congress, including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving. And during the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in its history and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. With the help of this growing community — now more than three million members strong — EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates in 2012 including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, three new Senators, and 186 state and local officials.

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