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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 in women’s representation in the party. As the GOP rebuilds its 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 and members of the LGBTQ+ community have been instrumental in affecting political change. These 19th profiles tell the stories of people 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 19th Explains

From the spread of disinformation to battles over legislation, complex circumstances shape American policy and politics. The 19th explains the current events that affect women, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. What topic, issue or event would you like to learn more about? Submit questions for The 19th team to consider answering in future stories here.

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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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The Impact of Aging

They’re one of the most active and engaged constituencies, but politics and policies impacting seniors, like Medicare, Medicaid and home health care, receive scant media attention. Telling these stories with care, nuance and humanization allows for a full picture of the multilayered experience of aging in America.

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Voting Rights

The 19th Amendment ushered in the right to vote for many women — and left many more out. Attaining access to the ballot remains a work in progress, with women, particularly women of color, and the LGBTQ+ community often at the forefront of the battle.

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