Women’s Rights

Whitmer: GOP Senate rejecting bio professor for state board is “sexist,” retaliatory

BY: - February 13, 2020

The GOP-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday voted to reject one of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointments to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC), which regulates hunting and fishing.  Before the vote was taken, Whitmer spokesperson Tiffany Brown told the Advance the office believes rejection of Lansing Community College biology professor Anna Mitterling is a “sexist” move to […]

Michigan Dems vote to remove ERA obstacle

BY: - February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted on Thursday to remove one barrier to adding the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution, but plenty of legal and political obstacles remain. The House voted 232-183 on Thursday — largely along partisan lines — to approve a resolution that would remove an expired congressional deadline for the ratification of a […]

States sue to have ERA recognized as 28th amendment

BY: and - February 12, 2020

Nevada, Virginia and Illinois are fighting to ensure the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) becomes the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.  Virginia voted last month to ratify the ERA, securing the required number of 38 states needed for it to be adopted as a Constitutional amendment. Michigan ratified the ERA more than 40 years ago, on […]

Amash is only Michigan vote against Smithsonian women’s museum

BY: - February 12, 2020

Updated, 3:40 p.m., 2/12/20 with comments from Rep. Amash’s office: U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) was the only member of Michigan’s 14-member U.S. House delegation not to bless a new Smithsonian women’s history museum. The U.S. House overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to OK HR 1980, 374-37. The bill establishes a museum on the National Mall […]

New: Whitmer’s odds of endorsing before Michigan prez primary are ‘low’

BY: - February 11, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is a popular person these days.  The national spotlight shined upon her last week as she delivered the official Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union speech, which even the president told her he’d heard she did a “nice job” on, as the Advance reported.  Michigan is poised to play […]


Susan J. Demas: What the national media keep missing about Michigan in 2020

BY: - February 10, 2020

“So I should go to Macomb County, right?” That’s the blue-collar metro Detroit area many analysts credit for Donald Trump’s surprise 2016 Michigan win. Ever since then, it’s been the subject of endless diner safari stories from folks whose only previous time in Michigan was a 90-minute layover at Detroit Metro airport. As the 2020 […]

Native American women have gone missing. Many have been murdered. Will Washington act?

BY: - February 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny August afternoon in 2017. She had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., where she had been asked to help with a sewing project.  She never went home.  […]

Lucido couldn’t hold a coffee hour at a hospital. He wants a bill to ensure that won’t happen again. 

BY: - February 7, 2020

State Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) said he was told by a hospital that he could not host a coffee hour earlier in January, and he wasn’t happy about it.  On Thursday, he made his case on legislation to the Senate Local Government Committee that he said would bar county-owned facilities from denying lawmakers from […]

Whitmer positions Dems as party of action in response to Trump

BY: - February 5, 2020

In her official Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s meandering State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer only said his name twice. Speaking at East Lansing High School — where her two daughters attend — to a crowd of roughly 300 lawmakers, friends and supporters, Whitmer instead focused on an […]

Congress is talking about paid family leave. Will lawmakers do anything? 

BY: and - February 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on expanding access to paid family leave.  But they disagree on how to do it.  U.S. House lawmakers debated three bills on Capitol Hill last week that would take dramatically different approaches to expanding access to paid leave, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on […]


Susan J. Demas: Whitmer puts the GOP on notice in her State of the State speech

BY: - February 1, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s second State of the State speech this week accomplished two things she needed to do after a bumpy first year of divided government: She both acknowledged failure and projected strength. That’s a tough high-wire act for any politician, but especially for a female executive, who always has to worry about pundits sneering […]

Stevens to co-chair bipartisan women in STEM caucus

BY: - January 31, 2020

U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) this announced a congressional caucus for women and underrepresented minorities who seek careers in STEM fields.  Stevens will co-chair the Congressional Women in STEM Caucus alongside U.S. Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.). It’s intended to “support and increase” the amount of women in science, technology, engineering […]