Former president Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the annual gala and awards dinner for Emily's List, an abortion rights political organization that supports female candidates and has also endorsed his wife, Hillary Clinton, for president.
It was last year during the 30th annual "We are Emily" gala that Hillary Clinton teased her impending presidential run, delivering remarks that foreshadowed the focus of her campaign: "Don’t you someday want to see a woman president of the United States?" Clinton asked the crowd.
This year, the former president will headline the dinner in the midst of his wife's presidential primary campaign against Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“We are thrilled that President Bill Clinton will be able to speak to our community about the need for women’s leadership in 2016” said Stephane Schriock, president of Emily’s List, in a statement. “President Clinton has a long history of advocating for women in politics -- from the top of the ticket down.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will also be the recipient of the organization's 2016 We Are Emily award.
“Leader Pelosi is a true champion of issues that matter most for women, from giving women and families a fair shot to protecting our reproductive rights," Schriock continued. "We are proud of her ability to ignite change, and we are thrilled to highlight the voices of women leaders across the country igniting change in their communities.”
The dinner will feature a slew of Clinton endorsers and supporters, including former congresswoman Gabby Giffords -- a staunch supporter of Clinton's gun control platform -- and actor Tony Goldwyn, who has stumped for Clinton during the primary. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) will speak and Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran will receive the 2016 Rising Star award, which is named for Giffords.
The Democratic organization has devoted millions to supporting and recruiting female candidates across the country. Emily's List was an early Clinton endorser and has made public its intention to help turn out female voters for Clinton in the general election if she becomes the Democratic nominee.