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Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. Wooten says authorities denied COVID-19 tests to immigrants, performed questionable hysterectomies and shredded records in a complaint filed to the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

The allegations call to mind a history of sterilization laws in the United States dating back to the early 1900s that usually targeted the poor, disabled and women of color.

69 cents

An analysis by The 19th of the 2020 median salaries in the Trump White House found a $33,300 chasm between the median salary for male staffers ($106,000) and the median salary for female staffers ($72,700). That means women make nearly 69 cents on the male $1 — worse than the national gender pay gap of 82 cents on the dollar.

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Renee Montgomery on the WNBA’s history of protest

As the sports world strikes over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, The 19th talked to Montgomery, who took a year off of playing amid the racial reckoning to focus on voting initiatives.

Lara Center, dressed in a red hoodie and holding a sign that says HONK in all caps above her head, protests in Denver to protect public schools from budget cuts.
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Public sector job loss is coming. Women will be hit hardest

Women have already lost more than 800,000 public sector jobs. That number could grow as state and local governments face budget shortfalls.

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