Women’s Rights

GOP leader on Whitmer’s equal pay directive: Ignore it

BY: - January 14, 2019

What’s Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s message to state contractors regarding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new equal pay directive? “Don’t worry about it,” the Clarklake Republican said in an interview with the Michigan Advance. During a 20-minute interview last week in the new Senate majority leader’s Capitol office, Shirkey called Whitmer’s new executive directive to halt […]

Breaking: Watchdog org. filing complaint against anti-abortion group with state contract

BY: - January 14, 2019

A nonpartisan consumer watchdog group plans to file a complaint on Monday calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as well as Attorney General Dana Nessel and Auditor General Doug Ringler, to investigate and terminate Michigan’s contract with Real Alternatives, an anti-abortion pregnancy and parenting support services firm. Campaign for Accountability (CFA), a nonprofit based in Washington, […]

MI Dept. of Civil Rights will take discrimination complaints during federal shutdown

BY: - January 10, 2019

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MCDR) on Thursday put out a notice that it is still handling discrimination complaints, even as federal agencies are shut down. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) held an event with people impacted by the partial government shutdown. Attorney Jack Schulz said he has a client whose discrimination […]

Women lead 4 top Michigan offices as McCormack elected chief justice

BY: - January 9, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously elected Bridget McCormack to serve a two-year term as chief justice. She succeeds Stephen Markman and becomes only the sixth woman to serve in the post.   “Michigan’s courts must be accessible to all, engaged with the communities they serve, independent of political pressure and efficient in making […]

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Whitmer signs equal pay measure

BY: - January 8, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive Tuesday that would stop state departments and agencies from asking about or investigating an applicants prior salary — a move the Democratic governor says will narrow the pay gap between men and women. “It’s pretty simple, women deserve equal pay for equal work,” Whitmer said in a statement. […]

AG backs case against Trump contraception rules

BY: - January 8, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel is joining Massachusetts and other states in fighting rules issued under President Donald Trump’s administration meant to roll back Barack Obama-era mandates that had compelled insurance companies to cover the cost of contraception. The new Trump rules offer more leeway to companies and nonprofits wishing to deny birth control coverage to […]


Susan J. Demas: Nice girls don’t say ‘vagina’ … or ‘motherfucker’

BY: - January 7, 2019

As exhilarating at 2018’s pink wave election was for feminists — those who believe in the radical notion that women are people  — we just got a 12-letter reminder that some things haven’t changed. After being sworn in, new U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) declared of President Trump at an event: “We’re gonna impeach the […]

Trump torches Tlaib comments as ‘disgraceful,’ Ocasio-Cortez decries ‘faux outrage’

BY: - January 5, 2019

No one seems to be neutral when it comes to U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s fiery call to impeach President Donald Trump. Hours after being sworn in on Wednesday, the Detroit Democrat said of Trump at a Moveon.org event, “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!” After the remark went viral, the Republican president responded at a news conference […]


Susan J. Demas: Into the Snyder-verse: The guv’s Lame Duck act doesn’t save his legacy

BY: - January 1, 2019

What can you say about Michigan’s manic, marathon Lame Duck session except that it could have been worse? As Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to leave office after eight years, he desperately needed to restore some of his reputation after his inept and insensitive response to the Flint water crisis. He’ll probably avoid national media lumping […]


Angela Vasquez-Giroux: It’s time to listen to women in politics

BY: - December 28, 2018

A little over a year ago, I was the communications director tasked with submitting two video scripts to be filmed by Dana Nessel, who was seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general. One script was a straightforward, if not sardonic, take on the systemic sexism in politics and its intersection with the #metoo movement. The […]

On this day: Moderate Republican vetoes Democratic-led abortion bill

BY: - December 27, 2018

It was a different time, to be sure.   On this day in 1978, Michigan Gov. William Milliken vetoed a bill to ban state-funded abortions. “This bill effectively would deny poor women of this state the same opportunity to exercise the same legal rights as other members of society,” the Traverse City Republican said at […]

Missed anything in the busiest Lame Duck ever? Catch up here.

BY: - December 26, 2018

Members of the 99th Michigan Legislature made history this year, sending more than 400 pieces of legislation to Gov. Rick Snyder in the body’s busiest lame-duck session in history. Joe Borgstrom, principal of the Lansing economic development firm Place+Main, summed up a lot of the criticism of this frenzied Lame Duck session in a recent tweet. […]