About The 19th* | The 19th

A century ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution made voting, our country’s most fundamental mode of civic participation, a right regardless of gender. But this watershed moment in our democracy excluded millions of women, including women of color, from the ballot box for generations. The reality is suffrage remains a work in progress for many in this country, particularly women living in states where voter suppression exists and tens of thousands of transgender Americans who face barriers to voting.

Today, women make up more than half of the American electorate and are more engaged than ever in our politics — marching on state capitols, voting at higher rates than men, and running for local office and seeking the presidency in record numbers. Yet they remain underrepresented in government and in the nation’s executive ranks. Women and gender diverse people are also underrepresented in politics and policy journalism and in newsroom leadership, which influences what stories are told, how the news is covered and whose voices are elevated.

In short: The 19th Amendment remains unfinished business, a fact we acknowledge in our logo with an asterisk — a visible reminder of those who have been omitted from our democracy. The expansion of the franchise continues today, and The 19th aims to capture this ongoing American story.

Our goal is to empower those we serve — particularly women, people of color, and those historically underserved by American media — with the information, resources and community they need to be equal participants in our democracy. We will do this through:

Here’s what you won’t find at The 19th: Cheap shots or cheerleading. Opinion or false equivalency. Partisanship. Horse-race politics. Turn-of-the-screw stories. Clickbait. (Sorry, not sorry.)

How We’re Funded

The 19th is a nonprofit newsroom supported by a mix of membership, philanthropy and corporate underwriting. Our goal is long-term sustainability to support a lasting future for news and information at the intersection of gender, politics and policy. 

All of the money we raise goes back into our journalism — and we list all donors and corporate sponsors who’ve given $1,000 or more on our website. Any donor or sponsor at this level who’s mentioned in a story will be identified in that story. 

Donors and sponsors don’t get a thumb on the scale; they play no role in our journalism, in our storytelling or in the planning and execution of our events.

Our Values

The 19th aims to be a source of news and information for all women, with a special emphasis on those who have been underserved by and underrepresented in American media. Among our values: 

Our Team

Our Board of Directors

Jessica Lessin (Board Chair)
Founder & CEO, The Information

Sarah Adler
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The New York Times, Co-Founder of Spoon University

Daisy Auger-Dominguez
Chief People Officer, VICE Media Group

Katy Drake Bettner
Co-Founder, Playful Corp, and Producer, BetRed Stories

Liliana Garcia-Patiño
Host and Producer, Univision Radio Network

Margaret Hoover
Host of PBS’ “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover”

Susan McPherson
Founder and CEO, McPherson Strategies

Kathryn Murdoch
Co-Founder and President of the Quadrivium Foundation

Craig Newmark
Web Pioneer, Philanthropist, Activist

Mi-Ai Parrish
Managing Director, ASU Media Enterprise, and Professor, Cronkite School of Journalism

Lydia Polgreen
Head of Content, Gimlet

Tasneem Raja
Editor-in-Chief, The Oaklandside

Jessica Shortall
Managing Director, Texas Competes & America Competes

John Thornton
Partner, Elsewhere Partners, and Co-Founder, American Journalism Project

Ann Walker Marchant
CEO, the Walker Marchant Group