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Lever for Change Equality Can't Wait Finalist

Women and LGBTQ+ people make up more than half of the American electorate and are more engaged than ever in politics. Yet they remain marginalized in government and executive ranks. They are also underrepresented in newsroom leadership, influencing what stories are told, whose voices are elevated and how we write our national narrative. The 19th aims to level the playing field with free-to-consume and free-to-republish journalism, evidence-based reporting, a digital platform for community building, and a newsroom that reflects the nation's diversity. With your support, we'll scale our small but mighty start-up by doubling our reporting capacity, investing in sophisticated distribution technology and introducing a groundbreaking fellowship program to train and job-place the next generation of journalists from underrepresented communities. The 19th will change how the news is reported and presented for women and LGBTQ+ people by reforming how the news business works.

Lever for Change Project Description
The 19th is working to further equity in journalism and create opportunities for women of color through our fellowship program that began last fall. Named after the mother of African-American journalism, the fellowship is for past attendees of historically Black colleges and universities.

Launched in June 2020, Equality Can't Wait was a $40 million challenge to fund solutions to help expand women’s power and influence in the U.S. by 2030. The Challenge was hosted by Pivotal Ventures, Melinda French Gates’ investment and incubation company — with additional support from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett, and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies. Five-hundred-and-fifty (550) proposals were submitted to the competition and were evaluated using four criteria: Whether the proposals were transformative, innovative, equitable, and feasible. The Equality Can't Wait Idea Lab features top projects from all submissions, as selected by a panel of experts and peers. Five Awardees were announced in July 2021: Four received $10 million each (Ada Developers Academy; Girls Inc.; Native Women Lead; National Domestic Workers Alliance), and one received $4 million (FreeFrom).


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