From the office windows and balconies of those in power, it looked as though a tide was swallowing cities whole.It was an amazing, powerful moment full of hope.But there was no unifying message, no concrete demand, no specific goal or 10-point action plan.Now we see: There didn’t have to be.The women’s march ignited an energy that roiled and swelled through the rest of the year.By the end of 2017, a seismic change in American culture began toppling dozens of sexual predators in the #MeToo movement.A surge of female candidates ran for office and won a stunning number of elections, from city mayors to the nation’s statehouses. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIt didn’t feel like this on Jan. 1, did it?But 360-something days later, 2017 has turned out to be the Unexpected Year of the Woman.A shocker, yes. Because remember, 2016 was supposed to be the official, glass-shattering Year of the Woman. Hillary Clinton made history as the first female major-party candidate for president.Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson became the first woman to head a U.S. combatant command.Kathryn Smith was hired as the first female NFL coach. American women did the job at the Olympics, clanking home with the majority of the country’s medals.Harriet Tubman was picked to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.Three women of color – a record number – were elected to the Senate.And at long last a woman, Samantha Bee, joined the dude-dominated lineup of late-night shows.Then came the backlash.Even though the majority of American voters elected a woman to the White House, the electoral college – a convoluted institution created by men – gave the presidency to a man with 2.8 million fewer votes.And that man, Donald Trump, made a hobby of objectifying women, insulting women and openly bragging about grabbing women. And it felt as though 2017 might be the year that the massive boulder women have been pushing uphill for centuries rolled back down.But no.It turned out to be the exact opposite, and, in a way, far more powerful than any of the milestones of 2016.The year began with what was believed to be the largest march the country has ever seen.On Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration, women and the men who support them filled the streets, plazas and squares of Washington and cities across the country, as well as across the world.It was a breathtaking mass of humanity.On the ground in the nation’s capital, it felt as though no square foot of land was empty. It was 51 percent of the population demanding long-overdue change in the way we are treated.In one year, our nation went from a place where 46 percent of American voters didn’t mind having a commander in chief who brags about grabbing women’s genitals to a place where a celebrity chef who allegedly gropes his female employees isn’t considered fit to be in the kitchen.We are officially traveling at warp speed, my friends.The Unexpected Year of the Woman was breathtaking, and the momentum can’t be stopped.Watch out, 2018.Petula Dvorak is a columnist with The Washington Post’s local team who writes about homeless shelters politics and social issues.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes “Women claimed big victories” with the Nov. 7 elections “in a night that marked many firsts and could signal the start of a sea change for women in politics,” wrote Governing magazine, a publication not known for breathless declarations on culture and feminism.“The sheer volume of success for women candidates was a surprise to many, mainly because they were running against incumbents who historically win re-election 90 percent of the time.But not this year. Incumbents in Georgia, New Jersey and Virginia all lost their seats to women.”The milestones women achieved last year were significant, for sure. But for the most part, they were seals of approval bestowed upon women by the patriarchy.Women made progress because men at male-led institutions scooted their chairs over a bit – just a bit – and let a few women join their circle of power.But what happened in 2017? That was organic and driven by women.It was a massive shift in our culture.
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Porter Davis Homes consultant Allyson Lente says an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living was a popular design trend, with large entertaining areas to enjoy the Coast’s weather all year round.After struggling to find a vacant block to build on, they decided to buy an older home at Miami to knock down.“I remember saying to Ryan, ‘I’m no mathematician and I’m sure there must be a catch, but I’ve been looking at the Metricon new home prices and I actually think it would be cheaper to buy an old home, knock it down and build new’,” she said.Paul Harms, a builder who runs Gold Coast business PJH Constructions, has extensive experience in new builds around Burleigh Heads and Burleigh Waters.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoAs well as building for clients, he has built houses for his own family in both suburbs over the years. Paul Harms with wife Nicky and two of their three children – Evie, five and Daisy, three – are now in the process of selling their new build at 9 Guyra Drive, Burleigh Heads.One was in Burleigh Heads’ Koala Park, where Mr Harms and wife Nicky bought a rundown house in 2016 with a plan to knock down the house and subdivide the block. The pair sold their first Koala Park build in 2017 and are now in the process of selling their second build – named the Loft House – at 9 Guyra Drive. “It’s all about the location,” Mr Harms said.“You’re close to Burleigh Heads, you have the beautiful walk that wraps around the headland and there’s one of the best surf beaches in Queensland.”The house, designed by Bianca Gemmill of BCG Building Design, has an array of luxury features including a loft bedroom, timber staircase, butler’s pantry, pool and wraparound alfresco with a two-way fireplace. For more on the Loft House, see the Real Estate magazine in today’s Gold Coast Bulletin. Porter Davis Homes consultant Allyson Lente.Ms Lente said buyers should consider how close the block was to water and the slope before embarking on a knockdown rebuild.She said an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living was a popular design trend, with large entertaining areas to enjoy the Coast’s weather all year round.Gold Coast golden girl and popular TV presenter Liz Cantor recently moved into her new build at Miami.The Channel 7 presenter and her husband Ryan Lysaught had to go to extraordinary lengths to find the perfect block to build their family house. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat is the new HomeBuilder scheme?00:46BURLEIGH Waters, Miami, Mermaid Waters and Sanctuary Cove are among Gold Coast suburbs where homebuyers are bulldozing rundown dwellings in favour of flash new builds.A “knockdown rebuild” is often more cost effective than a complicated and lengthy renovation, according to Porter Davis Homes consultant Allyson Lente. Knockdown rebuilds offers residents the chance to live close to Gold Coast beaches and local amenities.“Knockdown rebuilds allow you to keep equity in your land without having to pay stamp duty or other associated selling costs,” she said.“We see a number of current residents in these areas looking to upgrade on the plot of land they already own but also new buyers moving into the area by purchasing older homes to rebuild their dream home on the land.“They offer residents the chance to live close to beautiful Gold Coast beaches and a numberof local amenities.”