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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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Carmen Deñó

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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