Ellen Malcolm

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Ellen Malcolm
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Ellen Malcolm (right) attending an EMILY's List event in 2011.
Born (1947-02-02) February 2, 1947 (age 70)
Education Hollins College, B.A. Experimental Psychology (1969)
George Washington University, M.B.A.[1]
Occupation Founder and Chair of the Board of EMILY's List[2]

Ellen R. Malcolm (born February 2, 1947) is an activist with a long career in American politics, particularly in political fundraising. She founded EMILY's List in 1985 and served as its president until 2010. She is an heir to an IBM fortune.[3][4][5]


Malcolm attended Montclair Kimberley Academy, graduating in the class of 1965.[6] After graduating from Hollins College in 1969, she worked for Common Cause in the 1970s. She was a press secretary for National Women's Political Caucus and later Esther Peterson, special assistant for consumer affairs in the Carter administration. She went on to found EMILY's List,[7] a political advocacy organization which supports the election of pro-choice, female Democrats to public office, and was president of America Coming Together.[8] In 2007, she served as co-chair of Hillary Clinton's election campaign,[7] and in 2010 she was appointed to the National Park Foundation Board of Directors.

She and Craig Unger wrote When Women Win: EMILY's List and the Rise of Women in American Politics, published in 2016.[9]

She was named one of America's most influential women by Vanity Fair (1998), one of the 100 Most Important Women in America by Ladies' Home Journal (1999), one of the Women of the Year by Glamour (1992), and Most Valuable Player by the American Association of Political Consultants.


  1. ^ "Ellen Malcolm: Filling The Smoke-Filled Vacuum For Women Candidates With Am-Election-Women". Associated Press. 19 October 1988. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Senior Leadership: Ellen Malcolm". EMILY's List. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  3. ^ CHOZICK, AMY (March 3, 2015). "Leader of Emily's List, a PAC Built to Elect Women, Faces Her Biggest Test in 2016". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Hacker, Kathy (July 20, 1986). "Campaigning To Win Power For Women". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Beamish, Rita (July 13, 1986). "In Campaign for U.S. Senate, E-M-I-L-Y Spells MONEY for Feminist Candidates". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Alumni Awards, Montclair Kimberley Academy. Accessed March 6, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Ellen Malcolm And EMILY's List". The Atlantic. 2007-12-31. 
  8. ^ Justice, Glen (2004-11-05). "The 2004 Election: Campaign Finance; Advocacy Groups Reflect on Their Role in the Election". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "How women crashed the Senate: Ellen R. Malcolm", USA Today, March 7, 2016 

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