Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Donald Trump shocked Hillary Clinton—and the world—by winning the presidential race last night. But that’s not to say that no glass ceilings were shattered: Women racked up a number of “firsts” in the Senate and House of Representatives. Have a peaceful Wednesday.
• Surprise, surprise. Last night, Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominee of a major party, lost her bid for president. And despite how much some of us were looking forward to finally seeing a woman in the White House, that’s okay. Losing is part of the Democratic process and even history-making candidates are not immune.
What is more disturbing is what Donald Trump’s win says about the status of women in our nation. His supporters were willing to vote for him despite his long history of offensive remarks about women—not to mention the many allegations of sexual harassment and assault that have been brought against him. Whether they condone this behavior or are simply willing to overlook it is an open question, but either way it suggests that there is a critical disconnect in our country about the importance of gender equality.
The press and the pundits failed to predict Trump’s win, and much of the post-game analysis will be devoted to trying to understand why they so misread his voters. It seems to me that those of us who care about the future of women must attempt to do the same. Only once we have a clear-eyed view of our fellow citizens can we attempt to bridge the gap.
There is a lot of work to do. In his victory speech, Trump says he “will be president for all Americans.” Let us hope he means it.
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• Shattered glass. Believe it or not, there were some glass ceilings shattered last night: Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada became America’s first-ever Latina senator. She will be joined in the Senate by three Asian American women (another first). Two of those women, Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and California attorney general Kamala Harris, claimed their seats on Tuesday, while a third was elected in 2012. Harris will be just the second black woman to serve in the Senate. History is also being made in the House: Pramila Jayapal, a Washington state senator, has become the first Indian-American woman elected to the House of Representatives.
• It’s her call. Have you heard of Denise Roth? While she might not be a household name, the General Services Administration employee is the first official to call the presidential race. Fortune
• Thank you, Susan. Women flooded into Rochester, N.Y.’s Mount Hope Cemetery yesterday to put “I voted” stickers onto the grave stone of Susan B. Anthony, who was arrested in 1872 for illegally casting a ballot in the presidential election. Mayor Lovely Warren—who happens to be the city’s first female mayor—kept the cemetery open until 9 p.m. yesterday to accommodate the flood of tributes pouring in. Slate
• Blood feud. Walgreens has sued former lab-testing partner Theranos, alleging that CEO Elizabeth Holmes’ company breached a contract between the two companies. The pharmacy chain is seeking $140 million in damages, the same amount it invested in Theranos. WSJ
• Space case. Astronaut Kate Rubins—who submitted her presidential ballot from space before heading back on Earth on Oct. 30—talks about the experiments she conducted on the International Space Station, learning to work in ‘microgravity,’ and how her body is coping with being back on terra firma after four months in orbit. Wired
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Scholastic has appointed Mindy Stockfield SVP, Marketing, Creative and Multiplatform, Trade Publishing. She joins from MTV, where she was SVP of Marketing.
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• Damage is done. Rolling Stone and writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely have been ordered to pay $3 million in damages to UVA administrator Nicole Eramo over the magazine’s portrayal of Eramo in the discredited article about a supposed gang rape at the university. Time
• Curiouser and curiouser. South Korean president Park Geun-hye is facing more blowback from a bizarre scandal involving a shadowy advisor who may have used her involvement in Park’s administration to embezzle millions of dollars. She was forced to essentially withdraw her nominee for prime minister earlier today. Washington Post
• Manage this. Model Maggie Rizer announced that she is parting ways with her agency, Trump Model Management, over her disapproval of its founder, Donald Trump. Cosmopolitan
• Lagarde gets it. IMF head Christine Lagarde is continuing to push for equal pay and equal financial opportunities for women, which she calls “an economic no-brainer.” Moneycon
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ON MY RADAR
Women dressed up to vote—and it was very stylish New York Magazine
Japan uses speed, not size, to take women’s basketball to new heights New York Times
Nigeria deploys female police to protect displaced women NPR
Donald and Eric Trump both peeked at their wives’ ballots Fortune