women

Michigan ‘witches’ take to the Capitol to protest sexism in politics

BY: - April 15, 2021

A few dozen people, garbed in cloaks and witches hats while carrying brooms, gathered in front of the state Capitol steps Wednesday evening to “fight the patriarchy.” The “Michigan Witches Against the Patriarchy” protest, hosted by Fems for Dems and Metro-Detroit Political Action Network, was a tongue-in-cheek response to the sexist comments Michigan Republican Party […]

‘This could set women back generations’

BY: - April 7, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic began driving women from their jobs en masse a little more than one year ago, West Michigan Works employees were ready to help them return to the labor force. But they’re not returning. “Women are actually dropping out of the workforce; it’s not just an issue of they’re looking for work […]

New unit launched at Interior to investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people

BY: - April 3, 2021

The U.S. Department of the Interior is creating a new unit to lead and help coordinate investigations into the ongoing crisis of murdered and missing American Indian and Alaska Native people. Interior Secretary Debra Haaland, the first Indigenous person to lead the agency, announced Thursday the formation of the Missing & Murdered Unit within the Bureau of […]

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Column: Women are society’s invisible infrastructure, but they’re often underpaid and undervalued

BY: - March 25, 2021

Infrastructure is important for everyone. We need a strong public system for roads and transportation, for drinking water, for energy. And when that system is neglected, we all bear the burden as a society. The nation’s caregiving infrastructure is heavily reliant on women — and not just because women often play the role of “mother.” […]

Lawmakers roll out equal pay bills, say it’s ‘unconscionable’ reforms haven’t passed yet 

BY: - March 24, 2021

On Equal Pay Day, marking the day when white women will have earned the same amount on average as men have at the end of 2020, the Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus announced a package of bills Wednesday to address the state’s gender wage gap and form a commission on pay equity within the Michigan Department […]

Reforms needed for pregnant people in prison, advocates say

BY: - March 3, 2021

When Siwatu-Salama Ra thinks of the future, she thinks of hope.  She thinks of sweeping, systemic change. Ra, a racial justice and environmental activist from Detroit, thinks of no one having to go through what she did: being sentenced to two years in prison when she was six months pregnant and delivering a baby in […]

Senator says she knows taking 12 weeks of maternity leave could hurt her politically

BY: - February 19, 2021

First-term state Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) took to Twitter Friday to talk about her first few weeks of parenthood, stresses on families during the pandemic and her decision to take a full 12 weeks of maternity leave. Happy Friday and happy 3 weeks with this little burrito. It's been exhausting, eye-opening, wonderful, and the […]

New: Whitmer rolls out plan to ax ‘tampon tax’ without squeezing school funding

BY: - February 11, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the Michigan Advance Thursday that her Fiscal Year 2022 budget plan will include a provision to end the Michigan sales tax on menstrual products, commonly referred to as the “tampon tax.”  “After combatting a global public health crisis for nearly a year now, it’s more important than ever to make sure […]

1.2M Michigan workers would see a raise under minimum wage bill

BY: - February 2, 2021

More than 25% of Michigan workers, including about one-third of women working in the state, would earn thousands of more dollars each year should Congress pass the recently introduced “Raise the Wage Act of 2021,” according to a new report from a Washington, D.C., think tank. The Raise the Wage Act of 2021, introduced by […]

A glass ceiling shattered: Black and South Asian women celebrate Harris’ election

BY: - November 21, 2020

When U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) entered the race for president in 2019, China Cochran, a political organizer and activist from Detroit, immediately backed her. Finally, she thought, there could be a Black woman in the White House — a space built by slaves that has long been led almost entirely by white men. While […]

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Column: If Obamacare goes away, here are eight ways your life will be affected

BY: - November 10, 2020

More than 10 years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) once more hangs in the balance. There have been plenty of near misses before, including previous Supreme Court appearances and congressional votes. Yet in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, this time around Republicans may finally be successful in undoing the […]

Tiffany Trump says now is the time for young GOP women to speak up

BY: - October 29, 2020

Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of President Donald Trump, held a “Breakfast with Tiffany” event in Birmingham to talk with young women about her father’s presidency. The crowd of about 30 women joined Tiffany Trump at a local boutique, Christiane Larue, where she encouraged the attendees, many of whom said they are in college, to […]