Women’s Rights

Senate passes vaccine mandate ban for students, Dem calls bills ‘patently pointless’

BY: - October 26, 2021

The Michigan Senate passed Tuesday a number of bills that aim to limit vaccination and mask mandates for students as the fight over COVID-19 measures during the pandemic continues.  Senate Bills 600–603 would prohibit schools from requiring students to receive an emergency use authorization (EUA) vaccination to participate in school-related activities and would require schools […]

Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame honors Action House founder, Walgreens CEO

BY: - October 22, 2021

During a 1945 trip to Boblo Island Amusement Park in Bois Blanc Island, Ontario, Sarah Elizabeth Ray was denied entry onto the boat that sailed along the Detroit River solely because she was African American.  The state of Michigan brought a racial discrimination case against the ferry service operators and won. The Bob-Lo Excursion Co. […]

On this day in 1944: Lillian Hatcher becomes UAW’s first Black female union rep. 

BY: - October 21, 2021

Lillian Hatcher, the first Black woman to serve as a United Auto Workers (UAW) representative, was appointed to the Women’s Division of War Policy on Oct. 21, 1944, according to multiple news sources, including the Michigan Chronicle, the state’s largest Black-owned newspaper.  In the role, the resident of Detroit’s Boston-Edison neighborhood worked directly with Walter […]


Column: Here’s what we can do to combat disinformation

BY: - October 18, 2021

As the state representative of Michigan’s 41st House District, the health of my constituents is my No. 1 priority — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the lives of too many Michigan residents. At the same time, we are also living through what some researchers have called an “infodemic,” a surge of disinformation […]

How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.

BY: - October 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the destruction […]

House bills would disclose state officials, lawmakers named in sexual harassment settlements

BY: - October 11, 2021

A pair of Michigan House bills would shed light on any future sexual harassment or sexual assault settlements entered into as a result of accusations against state legislators and top Michigan officials. The House bills — HB 4920 introduced by state Rep. Steven Johnson (R-Wayland) in May, and HB 5281 introduced by state Rep. Adam […]


Column: Michigan could become Texas on abortion rights

BY: - October 9, 2021

In one year, abortion could be illegal in Michigan.  A recently released report adds Michigan to the growing list of “red alert” states – states where abortion could quickly become illegal if Roe v. Wade is struck down by the Supreme Court. Also on that list: Texas, where a blatantly unconstitutional law is back in […]

‘An alarming time for women in our country’: Hundreds rally in Lansing for reproductive rights

BY: - October 2, 2021

Cheryl Bukoff, 76, remembers when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. Now, nearly 50 years later, the Detroit woman is fighting to uphold that constitutional right to abortion.  “When I was a young person in Michigan, we didn’t have these rights and women had to go to Chicago or somewhere else to have an […]

New: Analysis shows Mich. among states in danger of losing abortion rights if Roe is overturned

BY: - October 1, 2021

Updated, 11:27 a.m., 10/01/21 with comment from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer  Michigan is one of 26 states most likely to quickly move to ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade. That’s from a new analysis from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s […]

Whitmer signs remaining FY 2022 budget bills, vetoes ‘anti-choice’ line items

BY: - September 29, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Wednesday the nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year 2022 budget, while axing Republicans’ cuts to abortion access and noting that budget language restricting COVID-19 mandates is unenforceable.  Whitmer vetoed what she termed seven “anti-choice” line items from the budget, totaling $16 million.  “These line items would create a gag rule […]

Dingell blasts Greene for crashing press conference, says ‘try being a Christian’

BY: - September 27, 2021

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) lambasted fellow Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) on Friday after Greene harassed Democrats as they assembled on the Capitol steps for a news conference on the 218-211 passage of their bill codifying the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. Democrats approved the bill after the Supreme Court allowed […]

Dozens of Michigan Dems sign brief to protect Roe v. Wade

BY: - September 24, 2021

Forty-five Michigan Democratic lawmakers signed onto an amicus brief demanding that the U.S. Supreme Court uphold Roe v. Wade. “Abortion is health care. We will not sit quietly while a certain small faction attempts to dismantle a person’s right to their own reproductive freedom,” Sens. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) said in a […]