Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Not surprisingly, the election is still dominating the news cycle: Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech, white women voted Trump, and a mother despairs of how to explain the results to her daughters. Enjoy your Thursday.
• Clinton concedes. Hillary Clinton’s concession speech spoke directly to her female supporters—both verbally and through more subtle means. She told the young women who backed her that “nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion,” vowing that, eventually, some woman will shatter that ultimate glass ceiling—”hopefully sooner than we might think right now.” Clinton addressed the crowd while wearing purple, one of the traditional colors of the women’s suffrage movement. (Bill Clinton and Tim Kaine’s wife Anne Holton wore the shade as well.) You can read the complete transcript of her remarks here. Fortune
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Businesswomen of the year. Each year, Fortune creates a Businessperson of the Year ranking to highlight the business leaders who are delivering the best results, and have the most compelling strategy, vision, and general influence on the world of business. Six female CEOs made this year’s 50-person list (which was topped by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg): Ulta’s Mary Dillon, GM’s Mary Barra, Ross Stores’ Barbara Rentler, Reynolds American’s Susan Cameron, General Dynamics’ Phebe Novakovic, and Synchrony’s Margaret Keane. Fortune
• The other gender gap. While Hillary Clinton did win the majority of women’s votes, her edge—54%, according to exit polls—was not enough to put her over the top. What’s more, she lost white women, 53% of whom cast their ballots for Donald Trump. But perhaps even more striking: Clinton’s gender gap—the difference between the number of men who voted for her and the number of women who voted for her—hit 13 percentage points. That’s the single largest such gap since the exit poll surveys began in 1972. Fortune
• Pink and blue America. One of the issues highlighted by Tuesday night’s result was how men and women talk past one another when we talk about gender. “It exposed parallel universes,” writes New York Times‘ Susan Chira. “In one, women flooded social media with their memories of sexual assault after Mr. Trump was caught on tape boasting about forcing himself on women. In another, men dismissed the tape as locker room talk or were surprised at how many women told them such harassment was commonplace.” New York Times
• Tough talk. Fortune‘s Michal Lev-Ram has a personal and poignant take on the election. She, like many parents, got excited about the idea that her two young daughters would witness the election of the first female president—and got the girls excited about it, too. So when she woke up yesterday morning, Lev-Ram faced a difficult question: “How do I tell my daughters?” Fortune
• Insider intel. In this oral history, Trump insiders—including Kellyanne Conway, the first woman to run a successful GOP presidential campaign—tell their story of how the presidential race unfolded. Washington Post
• Refugee to rep. As I mentioned yesterday, a number of women did manage to capture historic firsts in Tuesday’s election. Here’s another inspiring achievement worth celebrating: Former refugee Ilhan Omar won her Minnesota House race, becoming America’s first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator. Time
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Julie Bornstein, COO of Stitch Fix, has been appointed to the Redfin board.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Pretty awesome. YouTube star Nura Afia has become the first hijab-wearing Muslim woman to appear in a CoverGirl ad. New York Times
• Yellen stays—for now. Despite recent speculation that Donald Trump might pressure Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen to step down, Judy Shelton, who advises Trump on monetary policy, says the president-elect will not ask Yellen for her resignation. WSJ
• Global jitters. For a global perspective on the election, Buzzfeed spoke to the leaders of women’s rights organizations around the world. The consensus? They’re worried. Buzzfeed
• Tinseltown tweets. Curious how Hollywood heavyweights like Shonda Rhimes, Ellen DeGeneres, and Chelsea Handler reacted to the election? Here’s a look at what they had to say on social media: Fortune
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ON MY RADAR
Six historic ‘firsts’ from this year’s election that you may have missed Buzzfeed
Men: What to say to the women in your life about the election Esquire
25 famous women on anger New York Magazine
Gloria Steinem on the failure to elect the first female president WNYC