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.
RelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Underdogs tackle Leicester City Kelechi Iheanacho believes the togetherness of Leicester City’s entire squad was on show during Saturday’s 2-1 victory at West Ham United. Iheanacho opened the scoring for the Foxes and, while Pablo Fornals levelled it, Demarai Gray struck later on to end 2019 with a win and keep the Foxes second in the Premier League. Despite Brendan Rodgers making nine changes for the clash with the Hammers, Leicester’s identity remained intact and Iheanacho says that comes down to their collective commitment to the cause. “It was good and it was tough, so we’re happy we got the three points and we’re second in the league now, so we’re happy,” the Nigeria international striker told LCFC TV at full-time. “We did well actually. They were good today and they were strong and they gave us a game and it was a good atmosphere. We love it and [we’ve got] three points so we go to the next one. “We’ve been working really hard in training. I think the whole squad, everyone that is playing, and us that are not getting playing time, so everyone is really together as a family. “It’s a good group, working together in training, so there wasn’t much difference with who played today and the players who are starting, so we are a really good group and a good family. “We work hard in training and as you can see today, we showed it in the [game], so we’re happy.” Iheanacho’s headed finish in London was his fifth in six outings in all competitions this season and he underlined the importance of remaining sharp and delivering in training. “It came like a surprise!” he added. “The cross was good from JJ (James Justin) and Ayoze [Pérez] kept it in and I was at the right place at the right time to head it in, so I’m happy. “It’s always a good feeling to get a goal in the team. So, as a striker, you always want to get a goal and I’m not playing too much, so you have to keep your mentality up there, so you need to keep going. “Whenever you get a chance, you take it, so I just need to keep my head up, keeping working hard every day, so if I get my chance, I’ll take it. “I’ll keep going as a professional, so I just have to keep going.”Tags: Demarai GrayKelechi IheanachoLCFC TVLeicester CityPablo FornalsWest Ham United
Needing an injection of skilled players, the Calgary Flames selected Sven Bartschi with the 13th pick in Friday’s National Hockey League Entry Draft.Seeing an opportunity to strengthen their depth along the blue line, the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Joe Morrow with the 23rd pick.Two more Winterhawks were taken in the second round on Saturday morning. Ty Rattie was selected by St. Louis with the 32nd overall pick, and Tyler Wotherspoon went 57th overall to Calgary.It was the second consecutive NHL Draft in which a pair of Winterhawks were first-round selections. Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter went fourth and fifth in the 2010 draft.“It’s pretty exciting,” Winterhawks head coach and general manager Mike Johnston said from St. Paul, Minn., where he joined Winterhawks players and their families at the draft. “To have two guys drafted in the first round two years in a row is quite a feat.”Winterhawks fans who gathered on Friday at Big Al’s in east Vancouver for a team-sponsored draft party greeted both selections with a standing ovation.