women’s rights

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 […]

State review: Anti-abortion petition falls short by 7K signatures

BY: - June 15, 2020

After a review of signatures by the Bureau of Elections (BOE), the initiative aimed to ban the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure (D&E) filed by Michigan Values Life, a coalition of anti-abortion groups, is over 7,000 signatures short of the required amount.  Because of the shortcomings, BOE staff recommends that the Board of State Canvassers […]


Susan J. Demas: Michigan gets a true movement for freedom — and it’s not about haircuts

BY: - June 15, 2020

The arguments against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency orders to fight a pandemic that’s killed almost 5,800 in Michigan were always fundamentally unserious, spread through inaccurate right-wing scare memes about seeds and baby seats being barred from stores. That culminated with the right deciding that the perfect symbol for their cause was Karl Manke, the “Freedom […]


Column: Being pro-life has to be more than a slogan

BY: - June 5, 2020

As of this writing, almost 5,600 Michiganders have died as a result of the novel coronavirus.  Those are people – living, breathing humans who had families and jobs and hopes and dreams. They’re gone, and hardly a word has been uttered on their behalf. It’s disappointing, but not surprising, to see the “pro-life” conservatives in […]


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. […]

On this day in 1917: Michigan helps lead way toward women’s suffrage

BY: - May 8, 2020

A ceremony was held on May 8, 1917, when Michigan Gov. Albert E. Sleeper signed the Damon-Flowers bill.  The measure authorized by the Republican from Bad Axe placed on the ballot a referendum to allow women to vote in presidential elections. Voters approved a state constitutional amendment the following year making the historic measure law […]

DeVos finalizes sexual assault rules that critics say ‘roll back the clock’ 

BY: - May 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos finalized rules Wednesday that the administration says will improve due process in campus sexual assault cases, but that critics warn could discourage victims from coming forward. The new regulations expand rights for people accused of sexual misconduct on college campuses and make other changes to federal regulations governing schools’ obligations to […]

What happens behind closed doors? Social isolation during COVID-19 endangers domestic abuse survivors.

BY: - March 24, 2020

People in Michigan and across the country are following health officials’ warnings and staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, behind closed doors, domestic and sexual violence survivors might be in greater danger, shut in with their abusers. If you or someone you know needs help, here are some resources: Safe House Center 24/7 […]

Nobody can gather petition signatures right now. What does that mean for 2020 candidates, ballot questions?

BY: - March 19, 2020

As more people stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve, face-to-face petition gathering for 2020 elections has ground to a halt.  This is a big problem for ballot question committees, which have to gather at least 425,059 valid signatures for constitutional amendments, 340,047 for state statutes and 212,529 for […]

Cynthia Neeley’s win helps House Dems achieve gender parity

BY: - March 11, 2020

Flint Democrat Cynthia Neeley became Michigan’s newest state representative Tuesday and will fill the 34th House District seat. That seat was previously held by her husband, former state Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), who resigned after being elected to serve as Flint’s mayor last fall. Cynthia Neeley’s victory in the special general election helped the Michigan […]


Susan J. Demas: It’s never our time: Why we won’t have a female president next year

BY: - March 5, 2020

The 2020 Democratic presidential race, which, at one point, was brimming with promise with a high water mark of six women contenders, looks to soon be dwindled to one. All signs point to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) exiting the race as early as Thursday, leaving just U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). (I’ll leave myself […]

Liberal Supreme Court justices challenge abortion restrictions in high-stakes case

BY: - March 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — The liberal wing of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared highly skeptical of a Louisiana law that restricts abortion access as the justices heard oral arguments Wednesday in a high-stakes case that could open the door for additional abortion limitations around the country. But the court’s conservative majority — which is likely to determine […]