Chelsea Handler to Moderate Panel on Getting More Women Elected to Political Office

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The Feb. 27 event hosted by Emily's List will include former Sen. Barbara Boxer, Padma Lakshmi, Elaine Welteroth, Amber Tamblyn and Constance Wu.

Chelsea Handler will moderate a discussion on the importance of getting more women elected to political office at a pre-Oscars brunch and panel discussion hosted by Emily's List, which bills itself as "the nation’s largest resource for women in politics."

The Feb. 27 brunch and panel discussion, taking place at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, will include prominent Hollywood leaders, political advocates and candidates in a conversation about women raising their voices from Hollywood to the ballot box.

The panel will include former Sen. Barbara Boxer, Padma Lakshmi, Elaine Welteroth, Amber Tamblyn and Constance Wu. Emily's List president Stephanie Schriock also will speak.

The host committee includes Kathryn Hahn, Jaime King, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, James L. Brooks, Moby, Lea DeLaria, Danai Gurira, Lindsay Shookus, Maha Dakhil, Yvette Nicole Brown, Emily’s List board member Wendy Greuel and Ari Graynor. Also in attendance will be several Emily's List-endorsed women candidates running for office in California.

Handler partnered with the nation's largest ​resource for women in politics to further extend her voice recruiting, training and electing Democratic women to office.

“In a time of cultural and political unrest, one thing is clear: We are in a moment for women’s leadership and empowerment at every level of leadership and especially in positions of political power. Emily's List has been leading this charge for over 30 years, and this event marks an important opportunity for women in Hollywood to help shift the momentum of this important cultural moment into direct electoral power,” said Handler.

Since the 2016 election, Emily’s List has been contacted by more than 30,000 women about running for office. The national recruitment and training program has focused on supporting strong campaigns that target issues that impact women and families.

“From the record number of women interested in running to the women in Hollywood standing up for their rights to the women activists and voters around the country ensuring that we have a voice in the decisions, this isn’t a wave — it’s a sea change, and we are excited to bring together our team, our candidates and the women actively changing Hollywood to stand together and elect a record number of women in November,” Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock said.

Since its founding in 1985, Schriock says the group has helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors and more than 800 to state and local office.