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The Broadsheet: November 8th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Women in France strike over the pay gap, sexual assault laws are getting an overhaul, and yes—the big day is here at last. Have a fantastic election day!


• Please vote! Women gained the right to vote on August 18, 1920. This election has been remarkable in countless ways, but perhaps one of the most moving is how it has allowed women like Geraldine “Jerry” Emmett, a 102-year-old who was born before the passage of the 19th Amendment, the history-making opportunity to vote to put a woman in the White House. And as Fortune‘s Claire Zillman explains, women of all ages are planning to honor the history of the suffragettes who paved the way to this remarkable moment by wearing white to the polls today.

Whoever you plan to vote for, I hope you take a moment to reflect on how truly significant it is that one of the names of the two major party candidates on your ballot belongs to a woman. No matter what happens at the polls, that simple fact is worth celebrating. After all, there are only so many cracks you can put in a glass ceiling before it shatters altogether.


• Vote as veto. Republican strategist and commentator Ana Navarro, who was national Hispanic campaign chairwoman for John McCain in 2008, writes powerfully about why she chose to break from her party to vote for Hillary Clinton—or rather, “against Donald Trump.” CNN

• A striking trend. Inspired by a similar protest in Iceland, activist Rebecca Amsellem urged French women to stop working Monday at 4:34 p.m. in an attempt to highlight the country’s gender pay gap. Washington Post

• Time for change. In the last two years, at least six states have extended or eliminated their statutes of limitations on sexual assaults. While there are many important reasons to change these laws, seven of the female activists who pushed for the reform report a shared motivation: They all say they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby. New York Times

• Makes me moody. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Donald Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale compared the uncertainty of the 2016 election to “predicting your wife’s mood—you have no idea what you’re going to get until you get home.” If the Trump campaign is hoping to pick up some last minute female voters, that is probably not the way to do it.  Fortune

• Listen up. In the latest Fortune Most Powerful Women podcast, professor Anita Hill tells Chelsea Handler that despite everything she went through, she would testify against Clarence Thomas all over again. Meanwhile, Russell Simmons appears on a new episode of Fortune Unfiltered, where he talks about Hillary Clinton and the potential impact of electing the first female president.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Color Genomics has appointed Jill Hagenkord as chief medical officer. Previously, she held the same position at 23andMe.


• About bloody time. A new Kotex ad aims to challenge the old idea that periods change how women act and what they say. The #ItsNotMyPeriod campaign has already debuted in Canada and is planned to expand to Australia and Argentina—and perhaps eventually to the U.S. AdAge

• Highlight reel. Time runs down ten of the most indelible TV moments from this election, including must-see clips featuring Michelle Obama, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, and CNN’s Brianna Keilar.  Time

• Warren wins? Quartz‘s Victoria Finkle argues that no matter who triumphs in today’s election, there will be one clear winner: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Quartz

• Terrific twosome. Did you catch the premiere of Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party on VH1 last night? I for one am enjoying their goofy-yet-touching Odd Couple friendship. Gothamist

• From pageants to producer. Priyanka Chopra writes about her path from Miss World to star of Quantico to her latest role, founder of new production company Purple Pebble Pictures. LinkedIn

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Still confused about voting? Here’s help:  VotePlz

What Ivanka Trump can’t sell  New York Times

Stop telling me how to vote ‘as a woman’  New York Post

How Sarah Corrigan went from florist to founder  Fortune


It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.
Susan B. Anthony