women’s rights


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 […]

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 […]