Ellen R. Malcolm

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Ellen R. Malcolm, according to her EMILY's List biography, is the "founder and president of EMILY’s List. An acronym for Early Money Is Like Yeast because it 'makes the dough rise,' EMILY’s List is a political network for pro-choice Democratic women candidates that raises early money to make women credible contenders. [1]

"Malcolm has been active in public service in Washington, D.C., for 30 years. She worked at Common Cause in the early 1970s and later served as press secretary for the National Women’s Political Caucus. She continued her career in politics by joining the White House staff in 1980 as press secretary for Esther Peterson, President Jimmy Carter’s special assistant for consumer affairs. [2]

"In 1985, determined to break down the barriers faced by women seeking elected office, Malcolm and a group of friends created EMILY’s List, which supports pro-choice Democratic women campaigning for governor, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. ... [3]

"Malcolm is frequently asked by the national media to comment on campaigns, their fundraising capabilities, and political strategies. She has been featured on '60 Minutes' and in several national publications, including People and Fortune magazines, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. She has appeared on national news programs, including NBC’s 'Today' and 'CBS This Morning.'

"The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Malcolm was named one of America’s most influential women in 1998 by Vanity Fair magazine and, in 1999, one of the 100 Most Important Women in America by Ladies’ Home Journal. In 1992, Malcolm was among Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year, and was also named Most Valuable Player by the American Association of Political Consultants." [4]

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  1. Margaret Sanger Award, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, accessed November 25, 2011.