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Ariana Grande Gratefully Reacts To Her First No. 1 Single Ever

Ariana Grande‘s “Thank U, Next” is now a bonafide chart triumph, and the only thing surprising about that is that it’s her first No. 1 single ever. “Overdue” doesn’t even begin to cover it!

On Monday (November 12), Billboard reported that “Thank U, Next” debuted at the top of the Hot 100, dethroning Maroon 5 and Cardi B’s “Girls Like You,” which had reigned for seven weeks straight. The self care-championing single, inspired by Grande’s appreciation for her exes, is the first No. 1 debut for a woman since Adele’s “Hello” in 2015. Even more impressive, “Thank U, Next” arrives as the top-streamed and top-selling song of the week, speaking to its utterly irresistible appeal.

“Yeeeeeee baby’s first number one,” tweeted a grateful Grande after the news broke. “For once I don’t really have words. I love u so much and thank u.” She added on her Instagram Story, “I’m so grateful that it’s this song.”

You may be wondering how on earth Ari hadn’t notched a No. 1 single before this, especially since she’s come close so many times before. Indeed, “Thank U, Next” marks her 35th Hot 100 entry, and she had previously peaked at No. 2 with the Iggy Azalea-featuring “Problem” in 2014. “No Tears Left to Cry” came close to the top, peaking at No. 3, as did “Side to Side” and “Break Free,” which both topped out at No. 4.

Ari definitely has a lot to be thankful for this week, and with a new album on the way and her latest Sweetener single, “Breathin,” also climbing its way up the charts, there’s every reason to believe she’s not done making chart history yet. Next!

See How Unbelievable Gal Gadot Would Look Like As Kitana In Mortal Kombat

Fantasy casting is a fun exercise that often results actors being chosen for a role for only the most superficial aesthetic reasons. But sometimes fan casting hits upon such a perfect and obvious pairing of actor and part that anything less will seem like a disappointment (e.g. Nathan Fillion in Uncharted). That’s definitely the case for Mortal Kombat now that we’ve seen how unbelievable Gal Gadot would look as Kitana. Check it out:

Well, I’m sold. As always, BossLogic delivers a flawless victory, taking fantasy casting from our imaginations and realizing it in spectacular fashion, showing how perfect Gal Gadot would be as Princess Kitana in a Mortal Kombat movie. In addition to Gal Gadot looking like the traditional depiction of Kitana in the Mortal Kombat video games, BossLogic also notes how the actress looks similar to original Kitana actress Talisa Soto from the 1995 movie.

Kitana is one of the staples of the Mortal Kombat franchise and has been around since 1993’s Mortal Kombat II. She is the princess of the realm Edenia and the adopted daughter of franchise villain, Emperor Shao Kahn. Originally a villain and assassin for her stepfather, Kitana eventually turned on Shao Kahn to side with the Earthrealmers like Liu Kang to fight against him.

BossLogic’s image shows Kitana as beautiful and mysterious and everything we’ve seen from Gal Gadot indicates that she could nail such a role. In both the Fast and Furious franchise as Gisele and when we first meet her Diana Prince in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, she has an air of mystery about her, with her beauty concealing the danger just beneath the surface. That sounds a lot like Kitana.

Gal Gadot obviously has the looks to play the gorgeous and deadly Kitana, but she has also proven to have the action chops as well. Some doubted her as Wonder Woman when she was cast, but she has since completely silenced those notions, proving to be a believable physical presence onscreen. So she could definitely pick up a pair of Japanese war fans and get her ninja on as Kitana in a Mortal Kombat movie.

First things first though, there needs to be a Mortal Kombat movie for her to be in, and the reboot seems to be stuck on the loading screen at the moment. When last we heard, commercial director Simon McQuoid was attached to helm the film with Aquaman director James Wan on board to produce the reboot through his Atomic Monster production company. Back in July, James Wan said that the film was still in early development so we may be waiting on casting for a while.

Yet, if this reboot gets off the Outworld ground, and if Kitana is a character in the movie, it doesn’t seem impossible this fantasy casting could become reality. After all, the Mortal Kombat reboot is happening at Warner Bros. and Gal Gadot is already part of the Warner Bros. family thanks to her role as Wonder Woman.

While you await the Mortal Kombat reboot, there are plenty of other movies worth seeing over the holiday season, check them out in our Holiday Movie Guide. For all the latest in fan casting and fatalities, keep it locked on CinemaBlend.

I Never Spend More Than $50 on My Entire Makeup Routine

One of my defining characteristics is my love for luxury, especially when it comes to beauty products. I love designer names, gorgeous packaging, and high quality. But, because I contain multitudes, I’m also very practical and love a good bargain. This shines through most clearly in my makeup collection. While I’ve got a Chanel compact or two (or four…), they’re anchored by a core routine of drugstore products. I love treating myself to a fancy lipstick every so often, but I also like knowing that my everyday essentials could be replaced for less than the cost of a pair of headphones if all my makeup were to be left in the back of an Uber (very possible). Plus, I love the hunt and there’s nothing more thrilling than finding a stellar product at the drugstore for a few dollars.

On top of the convenience factor, over the past few years I’ve shifted my attention to my skin care, and spending less on makeup means I can invest more in my skin. The goal, of course, is to have skin so good I can skip makeup entirely, but until then, there’s drugstore foundation. And yes, there are options just as good as the good stuff. Believe me, it took searching but I found them.

Read on for the breakdown of my daily makeup routine, which costs exactly $50 from start to finish.

Lady Gaga Paid an Emotional Surprise Visit to California Wildfire Evacuees

As wildfires continue to ravage parts of California, displacing thousands of residents, many celebrities are using their platform for good, taking action by motivating those who can to give to relief efforts and donating much-needed supplies themselves.

Lady Gaga, who had to evacuate her own Malibu home, stopped by a shelter set up at Pacific Palisades High School to offer her love and support. TMZ reports that she spent about an hour and a half at the shelter visiting with victims, handing out gift cards, and taking photos. Gaga reportedly even sang to a 98-year-old woman who had to leave her own home.

Gaga also took time to offer a few words of support and a powerful message about mental health during tough times:

“This is not easy. I know this is not easy. And I know that a lot of you are feeling a lot of pain right now, and a lot of shock. I know that I feel kinda in a daze and I’m not really sure when or how this is going to hit me when it does,” she said. “What I can tell you is that I will pray for each and every one of you. You will be in my thoughts. I extend my love to each and every one of you. I know we do not know each other, but I love you. This is an emergency but you are not alone.”

“And what I’d like to encourage you to do, though it might be hard, is to share your stories and talk to each other during this time. There’s a wonderful mental health team here, you know, if you’re feeling sad, if you’re feeling afraid, if you’re feeling hopeless, if you’re feeling something maybe you don’t even understand, come to one of them and talk,” she advised. “And after this is over, this moment, and you move on to going home, or not, if that happens. Remember this moment right now and let’s keep the faith together.”

She also reminded those who are affected to keep in tune with their mental health: “Please, do not discount your mental health during this time. It is so important that you take care of what’s going on in your head and in your heart, because what you feel now is going to feel very different next week. And it’s going to feel different the week after that and a month from that and maybe even a year,” she said, before issuing a call for unity. “So, let’s just, in this moment, I want to be respectful of everybody here…We are probably not all of the same denomination. We might not all be religious, but I would just like to make a pact with you, in this room right now, that I will be with you every step of the way, even the second that I leave this room. I love you and you’re gonna get through this, and we’re going to get through this together.”

(Watch the video of her speech here.)

To help families affected by the Woolsey Fire, you can make a donation to the Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund or the Red Cross.

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Why You Should Redecorate Until You Kick the Bucket

Why You Should Redecorate Until You Kick the Bucket
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MY PLAN IS TO LIVE to be 100. A few days after the memorial service, when my daughters are cleaning out my closets, the doorbell will ring.

“Where do you want this sofa?” a delivery man on the porch of my Mill Valley, Calif., cottage will ask. “Your mother ordered it a couple of weeks ago.”

“There must be some mistake,” my daughter will say. “Why would a 100-year-old woman order a new sofa?”

The delivery man will consult a clipboard: “Says here she did specify rush delivery.”

You are never too old to freshen up the living room. I will redecorate until I die. So should you. And I’m not saying this simply because of what my family describes as a “diagnosed sofa problem.” I’m saying it because decorating is good for our mental health.

Environmental psychologists, who study how physical space affects our well-being, know that different sofas will make us happy at various points in our lives. The foldout futon that made us feel so grown up in our first apartment gets replaced a few years later by a family-friendly sectional, which in turn gives way to a leather Le Corbusier three-seater that the grandchildren are absolutely not allowed to sit on in their bathing suits.

“People try to paint a picture of themselves in their surroundings,” said Chicago-based psychologist Sally Augustin, author of “Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture.” “As you move through the stages of life, it’s natural to want to redecorate to reflect those changes.”

When you see a room that looks like a time capsule from an earlier era—whether it’s a kitchen with 1990s granite counter tops or a den with wall-to-wall shag carpeting—it makes you wonder if its owner is stuck in time as well.

We’ve all had older relatives who stopped redecorating. A cautionary tale was my grandparents’ 1980s-era living room, which looked like a movie set from the 1950s: a lumpy, slipcovered couch that never moved an inch in any direction on the cut-pile carpet. A rickety bookshelf weighed down by a collection of hard-bound Reader’s Digests. And a vacuum tube RCA Victor TV, hidden behind the double doors of a mahogany cabinet. No one had turned it on for years; when I was a child, if you wanted to watch television there was a portable set with rabbit ears in the kitchen.

Why didn’t my grandparents redecorate? This wasn’t about money, and besides, it costs nothing to rearrange furniture. In fact, they could have run a classified ad in the newspaper to sell the grand piano no one had played since my Aunt Vicki grew up and moved away. That would have opened up space to move my grandmother’s plant stand, and 400 African violets, to a spot under the other window. It would have been refreshing.

But somewhere along the way my grandparents stopped seeing the possibilities. Or maybe no one told them redecorating could be fun. After all, when we talk about changing the design or décor in older people’s homes, the discussion tends to focus on depressing topics like the need for grab bars in the shower.

At any age people should make decorating changes for aesthetic as well as for practical reasons. Our physical sense of color, smell and touch changes as we get older, which means things that looked and felt good to us when we were younger may not anymore. “The lenses in our eyes yellow as we age, so colors in spaces actually take on a tinge,” Dr. Augustin said. “When you paint the walls white and you’re age 50, the color might look lovely and crisp. But to an 85-year-old, those same walls might look icky.”

The solution? Paint the room a color that looks good to you, said Dr. Augustin. “A small decorating change can be good for your mood or self-esteem.”

My personal decorating hero, and friend, is someone who embodies this philosophy. Doris Fingerhood, a Manhattan-based interior designer who is 90 years old, got her start in the business in the 1940s and hasn’t stopped decorating since. Soon after she arrived in Brooklyn as a World War II refugee, she fixed up her aunt and uncle’s basement (on a budget of about $12) to make a space where she could have her teenage friends over.

These days, most of the business of her firm (which she named Doris LaPorte Associates after marrying her first husband 69 years ago), is to help clients redecorate homes whose interiors she originally designed decades ago.

Her approach to decorating has changed as she and her longtime clients have aged. But her frugality is prized even more by people whom she’s worked with for many decades. “If the design was a thoughtful job and not a quickie, you can keep the bones,” she said. “Sometimes a new piece of furniture or a painting is all a room needs to change the whole look.”

However, she cautioned, be ruthless about updating worn-out rugs, upholstery, and drapes. “Replace anything that looks old or seedy, because your home is a reflection of your own personality,” she said.

Ms. Fingerhood recently freshened up the Park Avenue living room of a client she’s had for more than 40 years. It only required a few tweaks. “She had antiques and good pieces she still liked, so all we did was reupholster the sofa and get a new Oriental rug,” she said. “I think since the rug was so much more beautiful than the old one, it changed the whole room. Also we got new throw pillows, and that made a big difference.”

My own living room could use a few tweaks. “I think my sofa is starting to look worn and seedy,” I confided to her. “But then I always think I need a new sofa.”

“I liked the one you had in your apartment when you lived in Manhattan,” she said, “but if it doesn’t work in California, give it away and get a new one.”

“Give it away?” I asked.

“Easiest thing in the world, you always know someone who needs furniture,” she said. “Send me some photographs of the room and we’ll work from there.”

Alicia Silverstone Claims Her Son Doesn’t Need Medicine Thanks To Vegan Lifestyle

Alicia Silverstone is a proud vegan. She’s also a proud mother, and the Clueless actress feels the two go hand-in-hand in some ways. The film and television star believes that, thanks to the family’s vegan lifestyle, her son has never needed medicine. Here’s what the actress and PETA spokesperson said about the matter.

The surprising quote came from Alicia Silverstone’s conversation with Page Six. When talking about her 7-year-old son, Bear Blu Jarecki, she claims that because he has been raised on the vegan lifestyle, he has “never” needed to take medicine, with only the occasional cold ever making him sick from time-to-time. Since he’s being raised healthy and he’s eating healthy, Silverstone claims the green lifestyle does a whole lot of good for him.

Alicia Silverstone has been a very outspoken vegan throughout the past two decades. In fact, she claims she first became a vegan around the age of 21, and the 42-year-old actress has remained a vegan throughout that span of time. Alas, it has an uphill battle for her to make the conversation more socially accepted. She claims there were times where she had to explain what it meant to be a vegan, and how it brought her so many unique benefits.

Yeah, some people are still completely “As IF” about being vegan, but at least they have a better understanding of the concept. But Alicia Silverstone hasn’t backed down. She’s built a second lifestyle for herself based on her vegan beliefs. She’s written cookbooks for vegans, and she has spoken out in many public settings about what it means to be a vegan, and how abstaining from all animal products has served her and her son well throughout the years.

Still, this revelation is definitely a very surprising one. Even with the benefits that are often prescribed to vegans, one would think not needing medicine would be mentioned more regularly by others. But Alicia Silverstone was just speaking for herself and her son at this point. If the takeaway is that her son has had a pretty healthy life so far, good for him. We can only hope it stays that way.

For more updates on celebrities, pop culture and more, you can be sure to check back with CinemaBlend for all the latest scoop.

Comics Legend Stan Lee Dies

Stan Lee created the lion’s share of what is now known as the Marvel Universe.
Stan Lee created the lion’s share of what is now known as the Marvel Universe. Photo: Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Zuma Press

SStan Lee, the comic book writer and editor who cocreated Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men, has died at the age of 95 in Los Angeles.

Mr. Lee’s impact extended beyond his work in the 1960s writing the origins and early tales of many Marvel Comics characters who now dominate cinema screens—and have become a multibillion-dollar business for Walt Disney Co. DIS -0.68% He also revolutionized his industry by bringing real-world problems to the stories of spandex-clad superheroes for the first time. An energetic salesman who loved the public eye, he tirelessly promoted comic books as an integral piece of American pop culture that deserved to be taken seriously. In the process, he became their best-known creator with the general public.

“He was the gold standard as the ambassador for comic books,” said Jim Lee, a longtime Marvel artist who is now co-publisher of competitor DC Comics, part of AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia. He is not related to Stan Lee.

Stan Lee, chairman of Pow! Entertainment and chairman emeritus of Marvel Entertainment, speaks with WSJ’s Lee Hawkins as part of “WSJ Weekend Conversations.” The creator of iconic characters such as Spider-Man and the X-Men discusses his legendary career as a pioneer in the comic industry and a new deal with the NHL. (Originally published Oct. 9, 2010)

Mr. Lee remained an avuncular and beloved advocate of comic books and his own business ventures well into his 90s, attending fan conventions until recently even as his his health appeared to decline.

Born Stanley Lieber in New York City, Mr. Lee grew up poor and lonely during the Great Depression and spent much of his time escaping into books, he wrote in his 2015 illustrated memoir “Amazing Fantastic Incredible.” In 1939, he got a job as an office assistant at Timely, later renamed Marvel, and soon started writing stories for characters including Captain America and editing the company’s entire line of comic books.

Following service in World War II, Mr. Lee kept writing and editing comics books for decades but didn’t make his mark until 1961, when Marvel’s publisher asked him to imitate the success of DC’s “Justice League” by coming up with a new superteam. Mr. Lee’s creation, the Fantastic Four, broke the mold of flawless and unrelatable super-beings that had long defined the genre.

The Fantastic Four, by contrast, were family members who bickered and considered their powers more curse than blessing.

The quartet were an instant sales success and were quickly followed by other superheroes with very human problems including Spider-Man, a geeky teenager who worried about girls and bullies, and the X-Men, a team of misunderstood “mutants” widely viewed as a metaphor for oppressed minority groups.

“This was coming at a time when the baby boomers were teenagers,” Lee biographer Tom Spurgeon told the website Vulture in 2016. “If Stan hadn’t been doing those stories that were for teenagers and not children, comics would have disappeared.”

In addition to writing and editing his comics, Mr. Lee spoke directly to fans in columns and letter pages with an enthusiastic, personable voice that made readers feel like they knew him. He finished his missives with a word that became indelibly linked to him: “Excelsior!”

Mr. Lee collaborated with several of the industry’s best-known artists during his heyday at Marvel in the 1960s. His most famous—and ultimately troubled —relationship was with Jack Kirby, who drew the first appearances of the Fantastic Four and the Hulk, among others. Upset in part about the enormous amount of attention heaped upon Mr. Lee in the media, but denied him, Mr. Kirby decamped to DC in 1970. In a 1990 interview with Comics Journal, Mr. Kirby said Mr. Lee’s only role in their collaborations was as an editor, charging: “I’ve never seen Stan Lee write anything.”

In his memoir, Mr. Lee praised the work of Mr. Kirby, who died in 1994, and wrote that he never understood why their relationship soured, noting, “It’s hard to correct a misunderstanding if you don’t know what it is that’s misunderstood.”

Questions about creator credit on many of Marvel’s most famous characters have only been exacerbated by “the Marvel method,” a creative process used by the overworked Mr. Lee in which he wrote plot outlines and allowed artists to work out the details of the story while they drew. Mr. Lee later filled in dialogue.

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Nintendo’s New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Promo Is Way Better With A Soundtrack

Nintendo launched a new trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and, while it’s got plenty of action and fun, the internet has improved the ad tremendously by plugging in a soundtrack.

The above trailer is the official Nintendo offering. It begins with Joe Average Gamer looking at a massive mural of the cast of Smash Bros., which comes to life in painterly animations featuring folks like Mario, Kirby, Samus, Princess Zelda and more doing battle. Again, there’s nothing wrong with the trailer, it’s just missing a little extra pizazz. So, of course, the internet came to the rescue.

While the original trailer features battle cries, sound effects from various Nintendo games and the like, it turns out the action gets cranked all the way up to 11 if you drop in an appropriate song. This first example comes from Twitter user Brad Ward, who decided to match the action with a tune pulled straight from Kingdom Hearts III. The somber yet hopeful song fits the scene of Nintendo characters fighting rather nicely, especially now that we know the Smash Bros. campaign will begin with every character except for Kirby being wiped out of existence.

And then we have some custom creations done by Bob Chipman, who decided to be an overachiever and make a whole bunch of new trailers for Smash. First up is the super appropriate “Little Fighter,” by White Lion. And then, of course, a little something-something from Aerosmith.

And then there’s this one over on Zion Kraze’s YouTube page, which combines the trailer with the orchestral rock version of “Rain Maker.” This one, in particular, works so well that we wouldn’t fault anyone for thinking this song actually belongs with the trailer.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: What would the trailer look like if it was matched to the soundtrack from The Matrix Reloaded? Thankfully, Imanol Barriuso has got you covered.

There are quite a few more of these out there on the internet, which is pretty impressive considering the fact that the original trailer didn’t go live all that long ago. There were a few I saw last night that were fantastic but, regrettably, I can’t seem to track them down now. So if you’ve stumbled upon a classic, be sure to share it in the comments below so we can all applaud or groan at the most recent creations.

As for the actual game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to launch on Dec. 7, so we’re only a few weeks out from actually being able to play the game. The roster is finalized at this point, though Nintendo has announced that five DLC fighters are planned to roll out over the next year or so. Also, if you haven’t had a chance to see the game in action yet, maybe you can drop by one of Nintendo’s ongoing holiday events.

Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Is Dead At 95

There are a lot of people who have played a role in Marvel Comics becoming so successful, but arguably the most well-known of this large group is Stan Lee. From writer and producer to cameo extraordinaire, Lee wore a lot of hats in his decades contributing to Marvel, but unfortunately, word has come in that Lee has passed away at the age of 95.

According to TMZ, an ambulance rushed Stan Lee from his home early this morning and transported him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is where he died. No specific cause of death was disclosed, although Lee had suffered from several health problems over the last year, like pneumonia and vision issues. Lee is survived by his daughter, J.C. His wife of 69 years, Joan, passed away on July 6, 2017.

This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020

When Hillary Clinton’s second attempt to become America’s first female president failed in 2016, a lot of women were angry—at other women.

Much of the disappointment and finger-pointing that went on after the election that put Donald Trump in the White House was specifically aimed at white women: While Trump only got about 41 percent of the women’s vote overall, a majority of white women—52 percent—sided with him over Clinton at the polls.

In the weeks leading up the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans were fighting to maintain control of both the House and the Senate in a cycle that let voters make a judgment call not just about their lawmakers, but about Trump’s presidency. He literally told Americans they should “pretend I’m on the ballot.”

Fast forward to last week: Women go to the polls again—and run for office—in droves. As a whole, 59 percent say they supported their local Democratic candidate for the House—up from 51 percent in the 2014 midterms and 48 percent in 2010. Republicans manage to hang on to the Senate, but lose the House—making it harder for Trump to deliver what he’s promised. The head of the Democratic Party gives special thanks to women for their part in changing the game.

The headlines practically write themselves, right? Blue Wave! Pink Wave! Rainbow Wave! Shove over, 1992: This is the New Year of the Woman.

But dig deeper and you get a sharper, more complicated picture. There’s no question this election was A Big Deal for women. The House will see a new record of at least 125 women in office in 2019, and women voters in specific demographics helped them get there.

Some figures aren’t surprising. Number crunching by the Center for American Women and Politics, for example, finds an overwhelming 92 percent of black women supported a Democrat for the House in Tuesday’s election, as did 73 percent of Latinas. The non-profit Voter Participation Center broadly credited a coalition of unmarried women, people of color, and millennials as key to flipping the House—something VPC’s Page Gardner forecasted in a pre-election interview with Glamour.

Among white women, however, midterm exit polling shows a full-on split: As the Pew Research Center reports, 49 percent voted Democratic; 49 percent went Republican.

And for those white female voters, education level is a bright, dividing line.

This year, about 59 percent of college-educated white women supported a Democrat for the House. As Susan Carroll, senior scholar at CAWP, pointed out in a phone interview, that’s a big jump from 2016, when not even half did the same. It was almost the reverse among white women with no college degree: Around 56 percent voted for Republican House candidates this year, according to Pew; just over 60 percent of that same group supported Trump in 2016.

Given that outcome in America’s first return to the polls since Trump took office (and stirred women’s rage by separating migrant mothers and children at the border and putting Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court), a fresh surge of post-election finger pointing was no surprise.

“What is wrong with white women?” demanded columnist Moira Donegan of The Guardian. “Why do half of them so consistently vote for Republicans, even as the Republican party morphs into a monstrously ugly organization that is increasingly indistinguishable from a hate group?”

Gender Watch, a non-partisan research project tracking women in elections, quoted Melanye Price, an Africana Studies professor at Rutgers, as saying that “in the last two years, progressive white women’s sense of urgency has increased but in many parts of this country they have not been able to convince their sisters,” and also that “having to continually remind white women that fighting their own racial bigotry is as important as fucking the patriarchy is tiresome.”

Women’s March co-founder Breanne Butler put out a call for progressives to use the upcoming holidays to start helping white female relatives see the light ahead of the 2020 presidential race: “Here’s where you can talk to your aunt that gave money to her church’s mission trip but fails to recognize the [South American migrant] caravan,” she tells Glamour via email. “Here’s where you can talk to your cousin who loves hip hop music, but fails to see that black lives aren’t valued.”

And Princeton scholar Dara Strolovitch says while it’s inspiring to see midterm wins by women, LGBT, and minority candidates, she has lingering concerns: “Although the last two years have been a crash-course [on] the implications of persistent and institutionalized misogyny,” she writes in a post-midterms takeaway, “many straight white Christian women” may not only accept what could be seen as anti-feminist attitudes, but embrace them.

In this or any election, naturally, there’s a big, big difference between spotting trends in how women voted and establishing why they made their choices. The decision may come down to party loyalty, feelings about a specific candidate, a national issue, or a local problem. And of course, Carroll notes, “the culture of the [voter’s] state really does matter.”

Meanwhile, even as liberal analysts and activists lament some of Tuesday’s outcomes, not only the president, but groups like Susan B. Anthony List, which promotes anti-abortion women candidates for public office, are claiming victory.

“In 2010, there was not a single pro-life woman in the U.S. Senate. Next year there will be at least four pro-life women senators, and five if pro-life Martha McSally wins in Arizona,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a post-election statement that also applauded the success of anti-abortion ballot measures in Alabama and West Virginia. Additionally, Dannenfelser cheered the re-election of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a woman she praised as having “signed the most aggressive pro-life state legislation to date.”

Elsewhere, the conservative Independent Women’s Forum posted a rundown on its website of liberal candidates who lost despite their celebrity endorsements, and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted that the one-two punch of Trump’s persuasive campaigning and a good GOP ground game “turned the forecasted Democrat tsunami into a ripple.”

The political divisions laid bare in the 2018 midterms, where some close contests still remain undecided, are definitely not limited to women: While that 59 percent of female voters supported Democratic House candidates, just over half of men voted Republican. That went up to 60 percent for white men, Pew calculated—and even higher, to 66 percent, for white guys with no college degree.

The divide between men and women voters extended to other other races, CAWP finds, including 20 of 21 Senate battles and nine of 11 governor’s races as of last week.

In contests that made national news, CAWP’s tally shows, women were likelier to go with the Democrat—win or lose: More than half of women voters supported Democrat Andrew Gillum’s unsuccessful bid to become Florida’s first African-American governor and Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s failed challenge to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz. Higher percentages of women than men also sided with incumbent Democratic Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who both lost to male Republican challengers.

The Democratic nominee in one of the country’s hottest Senate contests, Nevada’s Jacky Rosen, beat Republican incumbent Dean Heller with the support of 60 percent of women voters—versus just 42 percent of men. In Tennessee, just over half of female voters helped make Marsha Blackburn the first woman to represent the state in the Senate.

On the plus side for better female representation in Congress, Carroll says, “This is going to be the largest-ever freshman class of women in the House,” but there’s a lesson to keep in mind from 1992’s “Year of the Woman,” she cautions: Some of those female candidates won in politically mixed or Republican-leaning districts and went right on to lose their seats in 1994.

The Class of 2018 may face a similar challenge: “They have to run for re-election in two years, [and] who knows what the electoral context will be? It may not be as favorable for Democrats as it was this year,” she says. “You don’t know.”

Also unknown: Whether more female voters will veer to the left in the run-up to the 2020 presidential cycle—or if white women will stay on the fence, a divided part of the electorate served by a divided government in a divided America.

Celeste Katz is senior political reporter for Glamour. Send news tips, questions, and comments to

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