First Asian-American woman on Philadelphia City Council wins Emily’s List award

An organization dedicated to electing Democratic women to office has given Philadelphia’s first Asian-American city council member an award that recognizes women in state and local government.

Helen Gym received the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award April 17. She is the first Asian-American recipient of the award, which is issued by political action committee EMILY’s List. Among Democratic women EMILY’s List has endorsed include Sens. Kamala Harris, Mazie Hirono, Tammy Duckworth, and Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa.

Lucinda Guinn, vice president of campaigns at EMILY’s List, highlighted the work Gym has done to support the Philadelphia public education system. The committee also commended her for her leadership in fighting for sanctuary cities and immigrant rights.

“All of our nominees this year were tremendous leaders in their communities, and Helen is no exception,” Guinn told NBC News.

Gym said the award is an “incredible honor,” adding that she has tremendous admiration for Gabrielle Giffords, a former congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in 2011.

“Her advocacy, heroism and persistence is unmatched, and I’m just floored to be recognized in her name,” Gym told NBC News

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