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The 19th Represents

Building a Caregiving Economy for All

Originally aired on June 9, 2021
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Join The 19th for an afternoon of critical conversations on the state of the nation’s care infrastructure and the wellbeing of caregivers. We’ll speak to leaders, thinkers and doers about creating policies and much-needed support networks for family and professional caregivers. 

If we’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s the vital role caregivers play in our society and economy. When schools and other facilities closed abruptly during the pandemic, many women were forced out of the labor market or stretched to the max to balance care with work. Most professional caregivers never stopped working despite the risks of COVID-19. Now, with significant federal investment in the workforce, women and families, will we see this newfound appreciation turn into lasting change? 

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Adarra Benjamin
Adarra Benjamin
Home Care Worker, SEIU HCII
Ai-Jen Poo
Ai-jen Poo
Director, Caring Across Generations
Amanda Becker
Amanda Becker
Washington Correspondent, The 19th
U.S. Senator, Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
U.S. Senator, D-Minnesota
Barbara Lee
Rep. Barbara Lee
U.S. Representative, D-California
Barbara Rodriguez
Barbara Rodriguez
Statehouses Reporter, The 19th
Cecilia Muñoz
Cecilia Muñoz
Senior Adviser, New America
Chabeli Carrazana
Chabeli Carrazana
Economy Reporter, The 19th
Emily Ramshaw
Emily Ramshaw
CEO, The 19th
Errin Haines
Errin Haines
Editor-at-Large, The 19th
Fatima Goss Graves
Fatima Goss Graves
President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center
Josephine Kalipeni
Josephine Kalipeni
Deputy Director, Family Values at Work
Judith Heumann
Judith Heumann
Disability Rights Activist
Kate Baer
Kate Baer
New York Times Best-selling Poet and Author
Maria Shriver
Maria Shriver
Founder, Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement
Nancy LeaMond
Nancy LeaMond (sponsor)
Executive vice president, Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, AARP
Regina Shih
Regina Shih, Ph.D.
Program Director, RAND Corporation and Board Member, National Alliance for Caregiving
Robyn Golden
Robyn Golden (sponsor)
LCSW, Associate Vice President of Social Work and Community Health, Rush University Medical Center
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut
Rep. Rosa DeLauro
U.S. Representative, D-Connecticut
Rosalynn Carter
Rosalynn Carter
Former First Lady of the United States
Shefali Luthra
Shefali Luthra
Health Care Reporter, The 19th
Steve Braun
Steve Braun
Vice President, Global Benefits, Facebook
U.S. Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine
Sen. Susan Collins
U.S. Senator, R-Maine
Wendy Chun-Hoon
Wendy Chun-Hoon
Director of the Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor


Welcome | 1:00 p.m. CT

  • Emily Ramshaw, CEO, The 19th 

Panel discussion | 1:05 p.m. CT

Child Care is Key
Why the lack of affordable quality child care is holding back women, families and the economy.

  • U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut
  • Wendy Chun-Hoon, director of the Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor
  • U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California
  • Moderator: Chabeli Carrazana, economy reporter, The 19th 

Performance | 1:35 p.m. CT

Selected poems from “What Kind Of Woman”

  • Kate Baer, New York Times bestselling poet and author

Panel discussion | 1:45 p.m. CT

The Long-term Care Crisis
The rising demand for long-term care threatens to wreak havoc on families and communities. What can be done to avert an oncoming crisis? 


  • Rosalynn Carter, former first lady of the United States


  • Maria Shriver, founder, Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement
  • Ai-jen Poo, director, Caring Across Generations
  • Moderated by: Errin Haines, editor-at-large, The 19th

Keynote | 2:15 p.m. CT

Caring for Our Elders

  • U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine
  • U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota
  • Moderator: Amanda Becker, Washington correspondent, The 19th

Keynote: The Fight for Disability Rights and Equity| 2:40 p.m. CT

  • Judith Heumann, Disability Rights Activist
  • Moderated by: Shefali Luthra, health care reporter, The 19th 

Sponsor session by AARP | 3:00 p.m. CT

Workplace Solutions for Family Caregiving

  • Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president, chief advocacy & engagement officer, AARP
  • Robyn Golden, LCSW, associate vice president of social work and community health, Rush University Medical Center

Panel discussion | 3:10 p.m. CT

Caring for the Caregivers
What will it take to build a sustainable support system for caregivers working in the home and professionally? 

  • Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO,  National Women’s Law Center
  • Josephine Kalipeni, deputy director, Family Values at Work 
  • Cecilia Muñoz, senior adviser, New America 
  • Moderated by: Barbara Rodriguez, statehouses reporter, The 19th 

The 19th Reports | 3:40 p.m. CT  

Adarra’s Story
Hear firsthand from a fourth-generation caregiver on the challenges of home health care and what infrastructure spending means for the home and community health workforce.

  • Adarra Benjamin, home care worker, SEIU HCII
  • Moderated by: Shefali Luthra, health care reporter, The 19th 


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