Alexa Mikhail is a former reporting fellow for The 19th, covering politics, health and breaking news.
'I’m here by myself': Grappling with chronic pain in a pandemic
Seventy percent of people with chronic pain are women. In the pandemic, it has been increasingly hard for them to seek treatment.
How Naomi Osaka’s move resonates with young women in tennis
Coaches and players alike see the star’s prioritization of mental health as a chance for change.
'It cannot be this way': What is period poverty and how to solve it
The 19th spoke to advocates and experts leading the charge to make menstrual products more accessible and break stigmas.
ACLU sues Arkansas over ban on gender-affirming health care
The ACLU is taking the lead on legal action against legislation that prevents doctors from providing gender-affirming care to young clients.
'The trauma keeps coming': How Black girls grapple with witnessing police violence
Experts have noticed an increase in the severity of mental health conditions among Black girls who witness police violence — like the one who witnessed George Floyd's murder.
U.S. quarters will feature five more women in 2023
The Mint recently announced the five women whose quarters will circulate in 2023 – Bessie Coleman, Edith Kanaka’ole, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jovita Idár and Maria Tallchief.
How expanding vaccine eligibility for kids will impact mothers
The FDA authorized the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 to 15. Experts say that could help moms get back to work.
‘Never being American enough:’ Asian women on living in a country that feels increasingly unsafe
Days before May 1, the beginning of AAPI Heritage Month, a study found that more than half of Asian American women had personally encountered racism during the pandemic.
Advocates ask Biden administration to reverse Trump restrictions on asylum for domestic violence survivors
President Joe Biden has committed to restoring protections for people fleeing gender-based violence, but he has not yet reversed those policies.