Hillary Clinton to receive award from Democratic women's fundraising group

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored next month by EMILY's List, a Democratic fundraising powerhouse, as she considers a potential 2016 presidential campaign that could make her the first woman to win the White House.

EMILY's List, which works to elect Democratic women who support abortion rights, said Tuesday that Clinton would appear at its 30th anniversary awards gala in Washington on March 3. The former secretary of state will receive the group's We Are EMILY Award to honor her leadership "as a fighter for women and families," said Stephanie Schriock, the group's president.

Schriock said Clinton has "dedicated her life to bettering the lives of women and families and has inspired the next generation with a focus on increasing economic empowerment across the country and around the world."

The political action committee has been among the Democratic groups laying the groundwork for a Clinton campaign, holding events promoting the idea of electing the nation's first female president and commissioning polling on U.S. interest in sending a woman to the White House. Schriock, who has been mentioned as a potential senior campaign aide for Clinton, noted that the group has backed Clinton since her 2000 Senate election in New York.

Clinton is the leading Democratic contender for the White House and is widely expected to announce another presidential campaign in the coming months. Female voters are expected to be a key constituency for Clinton in a presidential run and the PAC has a long history of mobilizing women to vote, helping elect lawmakers like Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

The group will also honor former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., for her "commitment to community" and dedication to women and families. Giffords was gravely wounded in a 2011 shooting during a political event she held at a Tucson, Arizona, shopping center. Six people were killed and 13 were injured, including Giffords.