Study: Michigan Native women earn 60¢ on the dollar

BY: - September 20, 2021

Indigenous women around the country are still facing the same annual wage gap that they did a decade ago, including in Michigan, according to a recent report issued by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).  The new data highlights the historic economic inequalities for Native American and Alaska Native women that remain […]

On this day in 1889: Pioneering Black lawmaker pushes back against racism

BY: - August 15, 2021

On Aug. 15, 1889, William Ferguson, an African-American man, entered a Detroit restaurant managed by Edward Gies, a white man. After being seated, Ferguson was told by a waiter: “I can’t wait on you here.” Ferguson, who in 1869 became the first Black child to attend the Detroit Public Schools and owned a printing company, […]

State finds more invalid signatures after 2nd review of LGBTQ rights group petition

BY: - July 23, 2021

After the Bureau of Elections (BOE) did a second review of the signatures submitted by Fair and Equal Michigan, the group behind the ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people, the consensus is that there is still not enough valid signatures to make it on to the 2022 ballot.  However, the campaign, which aims […]

House Agriculture panel probes ‘systemic’ USDA discrimination against Black farmers

BY: - March 26, 2021

WASHINGTON  — The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday heard about how Black farmers have faced decades of racial discrimination in their dealings with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The committee’s chair, Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.), said the testimony at the virtual hearing would help the panel craft legislation that aims to increase the number of […]

Lawmaker renews fight to ban discrimination based on hair

BY: - February 25, 2021

Updated, 7:58 a.m., 2/25/21 Cameo King knows the potential downside of wearing natural hair.  As a young African-American journalist, she was advised by someone in management that her career would be limited if she did not dump her curly blowout style.  “Cameo, you are going to have to change your hair,” King, then a television […]


Michigan LGBTQ rights effort submits almost 500K signatures

BY: - October 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic wounded an effort to ban discrimination in jobs and housing for LGBTQ people in Michigan this year. But on Tuesday, the Fair and Equal Michigan campaign announced it turned in almost 500,000 signatures for an initiative that could be taken up by the Legislature or go on the 2022 ballot. “Michigan stands […]


Susan J. Demas: RBG is gone. This is why we fight.

BY: - September 19, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, best known as a steely champion of women’s equality, gave voice to the voiceless. And as a legendary Supreme Court justice, she was committed to ensuring their rightful place in America until the day she died. We have lost so much as a country during these last four years of Donald Trump’s […]


Rick Haglund: Blacks have lost ground in Michigan — and it’s dragging down the economy

BY: - September 12, 2020

In his long career as a University of Michigan labor economist, Don Grimes never focused his research on race-based income inequality. “I’ve always believed in the power of markets,” Grimes told me.  “I figured the markets would sort this out.”  But a new study he, and U of M colleagues Gabriel Ehrlich and Michael McWilliams […]


Column: 5 ways higher education can be seen as hostile to women of color

BY: - August 21, 2020

Editor’s note: In 2019, Amy Bonomi, a women’s studies scholar at Michigan State University, co-edited “Women Leading Change: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper.” The book examines the perspectives of 23 female leaders on issues of leadership and the challenges of confronting structural racism, bias and discrimination at colleges and universities. Here are five […]

Tlaib presides as U.S. House repeals Trump’s Muslim ban

BY: - July 23, 2020

The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a measure that would repeal President Donald Trump’s travel ban to the U.S. that affects 13 countries. It also limits his authority to issue such sweeping bans in the future. The measure known as the NO BAN Act was approved in the Democratic-led lower chamber with a 233-183 vote. […]

Survey: Blacks, Asian Americans face discrimination during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - July 13, 2020

American adults said it has become more common for people to express racist views toward Asians since the COVID-19 crisis began, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Blacks and Asian Americans also are more likely than whites and Latinos to say they have been subject to slurs or jokes because of their race […]

SCOTUS hands victories to religious groups in birth control, employment

BY: and - July 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the President Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives. Reproductive rights advocates say the ruling potentially affects hundreds of thousands […]