Bills you may have missed, from cutting income taxes to banning gay conversion therapy

BY: - April 26, 2021

Issuing new bonds would require legislative approval and individuals would see more of their paychecks under legislation introduced in the Michigan Senate. Those are just two of the bills members of the Michigan Legislature have introduced so far in April after coming back from spring break on topics ranging from the pandemic to schools to […]

Women have been waiting almost a century for the ERA. Will it finally become law?

BY: - April 19, 2021

Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure to eliminate a critical deadline associated with the seminal Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) is hopeful that the legislation — decades in the making — will move forward. However, she stopped short of predicting how the U.S. Senate will address […]

Nessel files brief in women’s rights case, pays homage to Griffiths, the ‘mother of the ERA’

BY: - July 7, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed an amicus brief in a case involving the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), Commonwealth of Virginia v Ferriero. The brief, which was filed on Thursday on behalf of the state of Michigan in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia circuit, supports three plaintiff states, Illinois, Nevada and […]

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 […]

Virginia approved the ERA. Now what’s the holdup?

BY: - January 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — Virginia’s sprint to green-light the Equal Rights Amendment this month was heralded by proponents across the country. Buoyed by new Democratic majorities in both chambers of its General Assembly, Virginia became the 38th state to approve the amendment that would guarantee equal legal rights regardless of sex. Michigan ratified the ERA more than 40 […]

Cheers erupt as Virginia lawmakers vote to become pivotal 38th state to ratify ERA

BY: and - January 15, 2020

Cheers erupted at the Capitol as the Equal Rights Amendment cleared both chambers of the General Assembly on Wednesday, making Virginia the 38th and final state needed to ratify the amendment enshrining gender equality in the Constitution. Michigan ratified the ERA more than 40 years ago, on May 22, 1972. Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Prince […]

Nessel, Democratic AGs blast GOP lawsuit to stop the ERA

BY: - January 8, 2020

With Virginia primed to be the pivotal 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) — meaning that the necessary three-quarters of states are on board — women’s rights activists are hailing progress on the long-debated issue. Michigan signed off more than 40 years ago, on May 22, 1972. But as the Advance previously […]

The ERA could finally become a reality. Here’s a look back at Michigan women’s fight for equality.

BY: - December 30, 2019

Laura Carter Callow has been on the front lines for the Equal Rights Amendment’s (ERA) advancement in Michigan since the mid-1970s and now she is looking forward to 2020. “I believe that this is a matter of civil justice that is long overdue,” said Carter Callow, a 92-year-old women’s rights activist and retired art teacher […]

Stabenow joins effort to extend Equal Rights Amendment deadline

BY: - November 25, 2019

As hopes grow that Virginia will ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) is among 16 new co-sponsors of a Senate resolution that would remove the deadline for ratification. U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is the sponsor of Senate Resolution 6. Thirty-seven states of the 38 needed have already ratified the […]

Buoyed by Virginia’s blue wave, Congress renews push for Equal Rights Amendment 

BY: - November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House advanced a resolution on Wednesday that aims to ease the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that would ensure equality for U.S. citizens under the law, regardless of their sex.  The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1923 and was passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House and Senate […]