6 inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame 

BY: - October 22, 2020

Michigan Women Forward (MWF) inducted six women into the Women’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on Oct.15 in Lansing. They are: Najah Bazzy, founder and CEO of Zaman International, a nonprofit that supports impoverished women and children of all backgrounds in the Detroit area.  Glenda Price, former Detroit Public Schools Foundation president, Detroit […]

‘An assistant teacher, lunch lady, janitor and IT person’: Parents juggle, struggle amid COVID-19 crisis

BY: - September 28, 2020

Being a parent of young children can be a challenge under normal circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has naturally made that much tougher for many families. Theresa Mitchell is a mother of two young Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students who are being educated online. Mitchell preferred for them to learn in-person, but there were […]


Column: Broadening postpartum coverage could boost maternal health

BY: - August 27, 2020

About five months ago, I became a mom.  I met my daughter in the early hours of the morning, and the days since have been the best and hardest of my life. It has been a time of healing and rapid learning. A time when feelings of exhaustion, wonder and frustration mingle and fluctuate, sometimes […]


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 […]

Nessel slams stereotype that ‘female leaders can’t work together’ during DNC Zoom watch party

BY: - August 20, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel and other female Michigan officials (virtually) let loose Wednesday ahead of the National Democratic Convention, in a Zoom event celebrating the 2018 “pink wave” while aiming to spur enthusiasm for the 2020 Democratic ticket. Nessel kicked off the call by cracking open a can of Michigan beer and playing “Get the […]


Susan J. Demas: Women keep having to fight the same battles in Lansing

BY: - June 3, 2020

More than eight years ago, a backbencher state senator called the female head of the most powerful public relations firm in Lansing a “hooker.” Kelly Rossman-McKinney, then CEO of Truscott Rossman, had been asked by MIRS to play pundit and name the biggest political losers of the year. One of her choices was then-state Sen. […]

After attacking Whitmer and Benson, Trump turns Twitter fire to Nessel

BY: - May 22, 2020

President Donald Trump has now gone after all three of the top female officeholders in Michigan, adding Attorney General Dana Nessel to the list late Thursday night after his visit to a Ford plant in Ypsilanti. The GOP president has frequently attacked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Twitter and in press conferences, most famously referring […]


Column: Bullies in charge: The ‘reopen’ crowd loves beating up on women

BY: - May 20, 2020

Wisconsin has been re-opened for business. Forcibly reopened, it turns out, by Republican legislative leaders and four state Supreme Court justices. In a messy decision filled with incendiary language and spurious claims, the court overturned Gov. Tony Evers stay-home by “torturing the plain language” of a state statute, as Justice Rebecca Dallet put it in […]


Susan J. Demas: Trump told us to drink bleach. Whitmer has tried to keep us safe. What side are you on?

BY: - April 30, 2020

Last week, President Donald Trump told people that drinking disinfectants could fight off COVID-19. There wasn’t a peep from Michigan Republican leaders that this was a dangerous idea, even though, quite predictably, there’s been a national spike in people using bleach and other products improperly. This week, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) went […]

Planned Parenthood offers telehealth services for birth control, UTIs

BY: - April 25, 2020

Like many health care providers during the COVID-19 crisis, Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) is now offering telehealth services, including access to birth control and urinary tract infection (UTI) treatment.  “We know that sexual and reproductive health care can’t wait. Everyone is facing challenges and new stresses right now – getting your birth control or […]

A Senate probe found Lucido sexually harassed women. Now he’s running for Macomb County prosecutor.

BY: - March 25, 2020

State Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) says he will run for Macomb County prosecutor this fall. This announcement follows a state Senate sexual harassment investigation this month that resulted in Lucido losing his position chairing the Senate Advice and Consent Committee, which oversees key gubernatorial appointments. Lucido serves on Michigan’s Elder Abuse Task Force, the […]

New bills ban shackling pregnant people in prison

BY: - March 13, 2020

Updated, 6:52 a.m., 3/17/20, with comments from the Department of Corrrections Under newly introduced legislation, an employee of a correctional facility would not be permitted to restrain an incarcerated individual who is pregnant or is in postpartum unless a prison administrator and the treating medical care provider deems it “reasonably necessary” and safe.  State Sen. […]