End the duopoly

The 19th, a new nonprofit newsroom dedicated to women and politics, officially launches


The 19th, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to women and politics, has launched with a diverse and overwhelmingly female newsroom and publishing partners to bring its “politics and policy coverage through a gender lens” to a wider audience. RELATED ARTICLE Cofounded by Emily Ramshaw and Amanda Zamora , The 19th takes its name from the 19th Amendment , which, when ratified 100 years ago this month, granted women the right to vote. Their logo is marked with an asterisk to reflect that barriers to the ballot remained — and remain — for many nonwhite women.

The first (digital) front page led with a feature on the pandemic’s disproportionate economic effect on women (“ America’s First Female Recession “) and a slate of election-related coverage, including interviews with potential vice presidential picks Susan Rice and Elizabeth Warren co-published with The Washington Post. The 19th has also cemented partnerships with USA Today Network (which will republish work across their 250 local news markets ), Univision, and The Philadelphia Inquirer .

Early on, Ramshaw and Zamora (previously the editor-in-chief and chief audience officer of The Texas Tribune, respectively) knew they wanted a newsroom that “reflects the racial, ideological, socioeconomic and gender diversity of American […]

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