WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- EMILY's List, a liberal political action committee, said its membership grew to 1.5 million since the Republicans took control of the U.S. House in 2011.
"Americans are fed up with the Republican war on women, and are searching for new leadership in Washington that prioritizes the needs of middle class families," Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, said Tuesday in a release. "The constant drum beat of GOP attempts to roll back the clock for women have only energized folks across the country."
EMILY's List -- known for backing Democratic women who support abortion -- so far has endorsed 11 women for the U.S. Senate and 33 women in U.S. House of Representatives races, as well as Maggie Hassan in the New Hampshire governor's race.
Schriock attributed EMILY's List's growth in part to the "strong women candidates who are inspiring women and men nationwide" and continued attacks on women's issues by Republicans.
After Republicans took control of the House after the 2010 mid-term elections, EMILY's List -- partly an acronym for "Early Money Is Like Yeast" because it raises dough -- had just under 400,000 members but grew to more than 1 million. Another 500,000 members joined during the last five months.
"Women want representatives who will stand up to the right and build a more progressive America," Schriock said.