women’s rights

Tlaib joins call for govt action to end violence against women in politics

BY: - September 28, 2020

A group of Democratic U.S. House members have introduced a resolution that reads violence against women in politics is “a global phenomenon and that more research should be conducted to examine its extent and effects in the United States.”  The measure, sponsored U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley […]


Susan J. Demas: I had a painful miscarriage. I don’t know what would have happened in Amy Coney Barrett’s America.

BY: - September 27, 2020

Fourteen years ago, I found myself home from work relatively early and went to (very uncharacteristically) lie down for a few minutes, exhausted from covering the statewide primary election. I got up to take a shower and felt something rush out of me. When I looked down at the bathroom floor that was covered in […]

Dozens attend candlelight vigil for Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Lansing

BY: - September 20, 2020

Dozens of Michiganders gathered at the Hall of Justice in Lansing on Saturday night to hold a candlelight vigil honoring the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg, the second ever woman to serve on the Supreme Court, died Friday afternoon at age 87 from complications from metastatic cancer of the […]


Susan J. Demas: RBG is gone. This is why we fight.

BY: - September 19, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, best known as a steely champion of women’s equality, gave voice to the voiceless. And as a legendary Supreme Court justice, she was committed to ensuring their rightful place in America until the day she died. We have lost so much as a country during these last four years of Donald Trump’s […]

Economic security issues top Michigan women’s concerns, commission chief says 

BY: - August 26, 2020

On the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, the Michigan Women’s Commission (MWC) announced it is moving from the Department of Civil Rights to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) to prioritize economic issues Michigan women face every day. Michigan Women’s Commission Executive Director Cheryl Bergman, who served as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s former […]

Report: Michigan ranks 3rd in women’s political participation

BY: - August 26, 2020

From 2011 to 2019, Michigan only had one female top statewide officeholder in then-Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. Now women run Michigan — and that’s one reason why the state ranks third in the country for women’s political participation in a new study from the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The state was […]

On this day in 2006: Legendary Detroit official Maryann Mahaffey died 

BY: - July 27, 2020

Maryann Mahaffey, a longtime Detroit City Council president and leading progressive activist, died on July 27, 2006. Mahaffey was born Burlington, Iowa. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell College, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. Mahaffey served Detroit City Council president for 12 years and as a council […]


Abortion ban fails in Michigan 

BY: - July 21, 2020

Right to Life of Michigan announced Tuesday that it is ending a petition drive to ban the dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion procedure after the Michigan Bureau of Elections (BOE) said the petition did not have enough valid signatures. “Instead of focusing on court challenges regarding the counting process, we will be focusing on the […]

SCOTUS hands victories to religious groups in birth control, employment

BY: and - July 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the President Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives. Reproductive rights advocates say the ruling potentially affects hundreds of thousands […]

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 […]

Roberts joins Supreme Court’s four liberal judges in striking down Louisiana abortion law

BY: - June 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — In a major victory for reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a controversial Louisiana law that critics said would have severely limited access to abortion in Louisiana and opened the door to further abortion limitations around the country. Enacted in 2014 by the Louisiana state Legislature, the law would have required physicians […]

Survivors say DeVos Title IX rules may have let MSU off the hook

BY: - June 23, 2020

Michigan survivor advocates joined U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) during a Monday roundtable to discuss the upcoming implementation of a new federal Title IX final rule handed down in May by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Lawmakers with the Democratic Women’s Caucus hosted the roundtable to talk about potential harm posed to survivors by the […]