WASHINGTON – Emily’s List has enlisted the help of Lena Dunham and others in the entertainment industry to head a new “Creative Council” aimed at getting out the vote among female Millennials in support of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and other women candidates.
Dunham, the co-creator of “Girls,” has been stumping for Clinton for several months and will now take on a more formal role as co-chair of the new council. She will work in tandem with the other co-chair, Paul Bernon, whose independent production company firm, Burn Later Productions, has produced such films as “Results,” “Adult Beginners” and “Drinking Buddies.”
The council’s main objective is to engage in mobilizing young women voters through new online videos targeting Millennials, as well as digital campaigns and social media. The launch event will take place in New York City on Thursday and will feature Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises.
“Emily’s List has a mission that young women really get,” Dunham said. “When women lead, we get better, saner laws for women and men everywhere. It’s time to harness our enthusiasm and our expertise to get that message out before November.”
“It’s about the courts, it’s about Congress, it’s about our health and our economic stability and our future,” she added. “Young women are some of the most motivated people I know – we’re going to turn them into an army of motivated voters over the next eight months.”
Emily’s List, the influential women’s political group backing Democratic women candidates, said 2016 marks the year that Millennials will outnumber Baby Boomers for the first time at the ballot box. Latinas are also expected to vote in large numbers and unmarried women will help determine the next president and potentially a change in control of the Senate.
“There is a true cultural moment around feminism and women’s leadership,” said Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock.
She said the organization has been reaching out to nonpolitical industries, from Hollywood to the nation’s capital, to “disrupt a boy’s club” and break through barriers that have held women back.
The council, comprised of 18 people in addition to Dunham and Bernon, includes Shonda Rimes, creator and executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy;” Lindsay Shookus, a producer of “SNL;” actress Uzo Aduba, known for her role on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black, and actress Ari Graynor, who has had roles in “The Sopranos” and “Fringe.”
“We need to reach these voters now in order to make sure they turn out in November,” Bernon said. “And our Beltway-focused political dialogue is not the way to do it. So we’re reaching out to influential entertainers and industry executives who can speak to the rising American electorate and communicate the stakes in 2016.”