More women Dems are running in northern Mich. Is it a sign the landscape is changing?

BY: - September 3, 2022

Antrim County is a GOP stronghold in northern Michigan, best known as being home to the tourist destination of Torch Lake, as well as one of the most-enduring conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.  But in an unlikely turn, the county could be represented in the Michigan House by a female Democrat next year, Cathy […]

Michigan holds ‘B’ rating in political gender parity index 

BY: - August 26, 2022

According to a recent report, Michigan is the fifth-best state in the nation for having women in office. Michigan earned an overall “B” score in the 2022 Gender Parity Index from the Takoma Park, Md.-based group RepresentWomen. The report ranks states based on women in Congress, statewide executive roles, the Legislature and local executive positions. […]

U of M study: Women, Hispanics and low-income Michiganders hit hardest by Long COVID

BY: - July 10, 2022

About one in five Michiganders infected with coronavirus develop “Long COVID,” and the often debilitating chronic illness that leaves people struggling with fatigue, cardiac issues and breathing problems. And it is more prevalent among women, Hispanics, people with lower incomes and those over the age of 75, according to a new report from the Michigan […]


Column: An investment in moms is an investment in Michigan

BY: - May 25, 2022

Earlier this month, I celebrated Mother’s Day with two of our three sons and all four of our grandsons. While there was much joy on that day, I was thinking of the challenges that many moms in Michigan face. And the opportunities to improve things for moms and their kids in Michigan. We are in […]

‘Nobody can steal our joy’ 

BY: - April 11, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation last week as the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court was widely hailed by African American women leaders in Michigan.  “It’s hard to be what you cannot see,” state Rep. Kyra Harris Bolden (D-Southfield) tweeted. “Thank you Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson for showing us what’s possible!” It’s […]

Group champions policies empowering ‘mamas of color’ 

BY: - April 1, 2022

A video flashed on the screen being streamed Thursday evening by Mothering Justice, a Detroit-based racial and gender justice advocacy organization. In it, a woman leaned into the frame and spoke casually into the camera. Her words were a deluge of familiarity and gravity, turns of phrases that included terms like “Big Bang P” for […]

Since the ‘tampon tax’ was axed, Michigan lawmakers look to cut taxes on other products 

BY: - March 25, 2022

It took years and multiple attempts to exempt sales tax for menstrual products in Michigan, but a slew of recent legislation aimed at dropping the sales tax for other common household products might have an easier shot at making it through the GOP-led Legislature. Since the start of 2021, there has been legislation introduced by […]

At Michigan’s only all-women prison, reimagining a ‘hostile situation’

BY: - March 23, 2022

“There are only two things that can happen once you go to prison,” Lawanda Hollister said. “You are either going to die there, or you’re going to get out.” Hollister, who spent 34 years at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility before being released on May 8, 2020, was determined not to die there. No […]

Whitmer pushes for more investment in women, families with state surplus funds

BY: - March 22, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is prioritizing economic prosperity for women and families in Michigan as she kicks off her reelection campaign for the midterm election in November. “When women do better, Michigan does better,” Whitmer told the Advance Monday during a Zoom interview. “At the age of 31, I was taking care of my mom, who […]

A top candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court has roots in Miami

BY: - January 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — With the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer by this summer, President Joe Biden has said he will fulfill a campaign promise of appointing a Black woman to an open seat on the highest court in the land. A top contender, who was even vetted by the Obama administration in 2016 as a […]

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 […]

CDC strongly advises pregnant people to get a COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - September 30, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a health advisory Wednesday recommending urgent action: People should get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, before or during pregnancy. That includes those already pregnant, trying to get pregnant and who might want to get pregnant, as well as recently pregnant people, including those lactating. […]