women’s rights


Susan J. Demas: Michigan Sen. Lucido must be held accountable for his vile sexist remarks

BY: - January 16, 2020

By now, I hope you have read the first-person story by Advance reporter Allison Donahue in which she thoroughly details the belittling and sexist remarks made to her by state Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) — some of which were in front of a group of Catholic schoolboys. What Lucido did to Allison was needlessly […]

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 […]

Senate GOP, Dem leaders ask for formal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Lucido

BY: - January 15, 2020

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) on Wednesday afternoon wrote the Senate Business Office asking for a formal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against state Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp). Michigan Advance reporter Allison Donahue tried to interview Lucido for a story on Tuesday while the senator […]

Senate GOP leader calls Lucido’s sexist comments to reporter ‘very unacceptable,’ Lucido issues Twitter statement

BY: - January 15, 2020

Updated, 2:46 p.m. 1/15/19, with additional comments Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) on Wednesday called sexist comments state Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) made to a reporter this week “very unacceptable.” Michigan and national media have since reported on the story and national figures, including U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), have condemned the […]


I tried to interview Sen. Peter Lucido. He told me a group of schoolboys ‘could have a lot of fun’ with me.

BY: - January 15, 2020

I waited outside the Michigan Senate chamber to ask Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) on Tuesday for a comment about the Detroit Metro Times’ story reporting that he was a member of a violent, anti-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Facebook group, which has since been deleted. What was meant to be an opportunity for Lucido to respond […]

The march to reverse Roe v. Wade: Michigan anti-abortion group, 5 GOP congressmen file briefs

BY: - January 10, 2020

Right to Life of Michigan, the state’s foremost anti-abortion organization, has filed to a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. On the same day, several Michigan GOP lawmakers signed a similar brief in support of a court case that could bring the country closer to that […]

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 […]


Susan J. Demas: Why are there so few stories about Trump’s health and sexual harassment scandals?

BY: - January 4, 2020

This week, President Trump may have stumbled into a war with Iran and was accused by yet another woman of sexual harassment. If you haven’t heard about the former, you can quickly remedy that by turning on cable news, whose speciality is cheerleading the march to war (any war). You could also click back to […]

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 […]

Lawrence, Dingell march to McConnell’s office to demand votes on equal pay, domestic violence bills

BY: - December 11, 2019

Two Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), on Wednesday were among the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) members who marched to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. They hand-delivered a letter signed by 84 congresswomen demanding that the Kentucky Republican take up bipartisan legislation, including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization […]

Congress reaches deal on paid family leave for federal employees   

BY: - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached a landmark agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers that could institute paid time off for civilian employees for the first time. The measure would give federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child — extending the same benefits currently given to […]

Advocates push to outlaw child marriage in Michigan, citing sexual abuse concerns

BY: - December 5, 2019

The state Legislature has yet to take up a bipartisan bill package that would outlaw child marriages by raising the minimum age to get married to 18 years old.  State Reps. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Graham Filler (R-DeWitt) and Kara Hope (D-Holt) introduced the three-bill package on Jan. 9, the first session day of 2019.  “On […]