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Welcome to The 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting at the intersection of gender, politics and policy. We aim to empower women — particularly those underserved by and underrepresented in American media — with the information, community and tools they need to be equal participants in our democracy.

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Changing Child Care

Despite efforts to make domestic work more egalitarian in the household, women continue to bear the burden of providing care for children. Some researchers attribute declining maternal workforce participation to rising child care costs. On the labor side, more than 90 percent of child care workers are women.

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Next-Gen GOP

In 2020, a record number of Republican women ran for Congress, a boom following historic lows of female representation for the party. As the GOP rebuilds its female coalition — both on the federal and local level — who are the women rising in the Republican ranks?

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On The Rise

From activists and local leaders to business executives and federal officeholders, women have been instrumental in affecting political change. These 19th profiles tell the stories of women who may not be known yet, but are poised to become household names.

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Pandemic Within a Pandemic

Black Americans are disproportionately suffering from a set of dual ills: the novel coronavirus and systemic racism. Evidence shows Black Americans are more likely to fall sick from or die from Covid-19. Concurrently, they are also more likely to die from police brutality. These are just two symptoms of the systemic racism that has disadvantaged Black Americans for hundreds of years.

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Portraits of a Pandemic

Women and people of color are being disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus. Inequality is exacerbated in a crisis, a reality on full display in Philadelphia, the poorest big city in America. Each week, we will profile a woman in the city grappling with the pandemic.

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The Electability Myth

Through rigorous vetting and campaigning, political candidates need to convince the electorate they can actually win the offices they’re aiming to capture. For women, the term “electability” has taken on a different meaning — and often cloaks long-held sexist views toward women and their ability to lead.

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