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Women’s History Month: Michigan Ladies

 
Many people recognize the state of Michigan for its Great Lakes, cherries, or cars, but it is important to also acknowledge the influential women in Michigan politics, especially in Women’s History Month, Only 20.9% of the legislators in Michigan are women, and though we wish there were more women in power in Michigan, the ladies who are involved in Michigan politics now have been working very hard on our behalf. These impressive Michigan women have been busy lately, so it’s impossible to document every little action that each of these women have taken, but here’s a look at some of these awesome ladies who are representing us in Michigan politics.

Rebekah Warren represents the 18th District of the Michigan Senate and has been fighting for Michigan women since her time as executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Michigan in 1999. She has been recognized by several women’s organizations during her time in Michigan legislature; she was given the National Women’s Political Caucus of Michigan’s Millie Award in 2005 and was named Legislator of the Year by the National Organization of Women in 2009. She has actively worked towards many feminist causes such as equal pay, access to emergency contraception, and support for sexual assault survivors. When Senator Warren spoke at KickAss last fall, she said, “What being pro-choice means is that you trust women.”

Brenda Lawrence was elected the US Representative for Michigan’s 14th congressional district in the Fall of 2014. She served as the first woman and first African-American Mayor of Southfield, and she was the President of the National Association of Democratic Mayors. Representative Lawrence’s campaign focused on issues of raising the minimum wage, and supporting student loan bailout and paid sick leave. This March, in honor of Women’s History Month, she has been promoting a petition calling for Congress to address issues of equal pay for Women. We are excited to see all the other ways in which Rep. Lawrence will continue to fight for Michigan women!

Stephanie Chang was the first Asian-American woman in the Michigan State Legislature. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in psychology and returned for a master’s degree in public policy and social work. Before her time in the Michigan Legislature she worked with civil rights icon Grace Lee Boggs, and as a community organizer in Detroit fighting for progressive causes such as affirmative action, voting rights, and immigrants’ rights. She has worked to support the wrongfully convicted in Michigan and promoted reforms in the public defense system that were passed by Governor Snyder in bipartisan legislation in 2013.

Debbie Dingell is the US Representative for Michigan’s 12th District, an office that was previously held by her husband, John Dingell. She is the first US woman in congress to succeed her husband while he is still alive. Congresswoman Dingell is very invested in supporting higher education and has worked to expand financial aid opportunities for students in Michigan. She worked as chair of the National Women’s Health Resource Center, and fought for women’s inclusion in medical, and has also worked with the Barbara Karmanos Cancer Center to raise money for Breast Cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, it is important to recognize all the important work done by women in politics in Michigan. These women are only a few of the Michigan politicians working towards a better future for women, and we hope to see many more women fighting for women in Michigan legislature.

Some of Michigan’s all-star women legislators participating in the College Democrats’ 2014 “Changing the Game” panel. From left to right: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, former State Representative Rashida Tlaib, panel moderator and University professor Anna Kirkland, State Senator Rebekah Warren, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, County Commissioner Felicia Brabec.

 

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Collin Kelly Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ Long article telling us it’s difficult, but possible to ball on a budget
+ Chair of the Young Americans for Freedom calls out The Team and its VP candidate. Lol.
+ The Daily has totally jumped the shark. Woah, the Jumping Sharks is totally a great band name.
+ Vietnam War activists came back 40 years later to reflect on their “Teach-In”
+ University helps keep the Great Lakes both great and lakes!
+ Vote your hearts out, you civic-minded Dems! Polls are open now until 11:59pm Thursday. Vote at vote.umich.edu  
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Leah Schneck Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ It’s not often that we hear this kind of sentiment on campus: “We say ‘there’s a place for everyone on The Team’ and we mean it.” It may be cheesy, but cheese is good, and so are leaders who want to be inclusive.

+ The Daily endorses The Team via a nuanced, extended pro con list. Bo would have wanted it this way.

+ LSA SG candidates for President and Vice President, apparently with the same last name (good lookin out, Daily), are running uncontested….cmon, where’s the fun in that? I mean the only reason anyone is really interested in politics is for the drama.

+ If you’ve gotten this far, you can guess that CSG elections are this week! Polls are open 12:00am Wednesday-11:59pm Thursday. Vote at vote.umich.edu  
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Taiwo Dosunmu Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ Congrats to Music Matters for bringing one of the great conscience rappers of our time to campus later this spring, less praise for the Daily’s corny intro.

+ This weekend, dozens of local same-sex couples gathered to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary, when for one day in Michigan, same-sex marriage was legal. Unfortunately the Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay on the ruling, but this summer’s ruling from the Supreme Court is hoped to finally bring marriage equality not only to Michigan, but to the entire nation.

+ The Daily describes the disappointing end to the season for the last of Michigan’s major sports. Time to get hype for softball!!

+ The RC reminds us that football and corn aren’t the only good things the Midwest has to offer.

+ A Daily columnist gives one perspective on the real reason I’m on Instagram in class right now.

Stay Classy,

Taiwo

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Sarah Henzlik Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ An update on everyone’s favorite hashtag of 2015, #Skigate. Seems like an answer is getting closer.

+ Michigan Men’s Hockey continues its season with a hearty win over Wisconsin. Onto Michigan State tonight for the Big Ten semifinal. If my COMM GSI is any indication, it seems that some graduate students are more interested in following the action than undergraduates are. But is this a representative and generalizable sample? The plot thickens. 

+ A development in the move toward overturning the ban on same-sex marriage in this state. It’s encouraging to see local officials such as State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D–Ann Arbor), State Rep. Adam Zemke (D–Ann Arbor),) and State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) sponsor concurrent legislation on repealing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage or legalizing it, even as SCOTUS has yet to release their ruling.

+ An exciting development from University researchers that would prevent people under the influence from driving a car. A very positive sign in the plight of eliminating alcohol-related crash deaths.

+ A perspective on the need to eliminate plastic waste to save our planet.

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Trevor Clark Dolan Presents l The Daily Daily

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+ A fraternity hosted a wheelchair basketball game, wherein a bunch of able-bodied frat members got in wheelchairs and played against a group of physically disabled kids aged 6-18. “This feels ableist,” I thought to myself. Then this quote: “They’re people, too, and they can do almost everything that an able-bodied person can.” I’ve rewritten this sentence several times trying to describe how I feel about that person saying that, but let’s just check out the gifsBUT ACTUALLY THOUGH.
+ ”LSA junior Cooper Charlton, Make Michigan’s presidential candidate, said despite being a ‘white individual,’ he felt he understood minority populations’ struggles ‘through empathy. I can feel your passion… I can understand what you’re trying to say and I can help you.‘” We have all kinds of quotes happening today.

+ ”The Michigan Daily will be exploring Ann Arbor’s most quirky [should be quirkiest], lively [should be liveliest], and student populated [should be student populatedest] neighborhoods during the next month to see what makes this city tick.” 

+ Snyder requested $500,000 for campus sexual assault prevention, which is awesome. His only suggestion for addressing the problem so far is holding a forumwhich is not awesome. That’s a pretty expensive forum.

+ More than 60 percent of women surveyed who are strongly affiliated with Protestant and Catholic religious groups supported employee health insurance plans that cover birth control. That’s pretty legit.
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Taiwo Dosunmu Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ More #Skigate, just in case you didn’t get enough!! It looks like SAM is done for good.

+ An important issue that affects, and will continue to affect, all Black people in this country. I’m very proud to see the RC attempting to tackle it.

+ The Daily takes a ride along with AAPD and UMPD officers. Not quite Training Day though…

+ As someone already very skeptical about the entire concept of an undergraduate business degree, I found this to be a thorough look at some problems with our very own Ross Palace­–er, I mean School of Business

+ It’s not quite the big dance but at least there will be some post-season basketball to worry about in Ann Arbor.

+ The Daily takes a ride along with AAPD and UMPD officers. Not quite Training Day though…

+ As someone already very skeptical about the entire concept of an undergraduate business degree, I found this to be a thorough look at some problems with our very own Ross Palace­–er, I mean School of Business

+ It’s not quite the big dance but at least there will be some post-season basketball to worry about in Ann Arbor.

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+ The U of M regents will be voting on whether or not to renovate the NCRB, which was built in 1976.  Meanwhile, Ross is being renovated for the second time in ten years.
+ Dance Marathon raised more than $460,000 for pediatric rehabilitation therapy this year.  Way to go!
+ TCF is ending its partnership with the University, which in essence means our MCards are even less useful than before.
+ The Daily posted an opinion article praising the recent Planet Fitness actions against a transphobic patron and commenting on the need for action at the state and national level for transgender protections.  Way to be, Michigan Daily!
+ Awards and happy vibes to celebrate the University of Michigan hockey team!
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Stephen Culbertson Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ Last week, the White House announced the It’s On Us campaign to raise awareness and combat sexual assault on college campuses across the nation, and they included UM CSG on a conference call as a part of the campaign. Here’s hoping CSG can effect positive change from this, and that we can reduce the incidence of sexual assault at the University.

 

+ The University’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance is putting on a play to raise awareness of sexual assault, which comes at a great time if you read the last bullet point.

 

+ This Sports Monday is brought to you by embarrassment (thanks, football). In case you missed it, Michigan’s offense is struggling. In unrelated news, I’m selling my Penn State game ticket.

 

+ You get a 2nd article about the football game, both because it’s Sports Monday in the Daily and also because I need to vent. Fire Dave Brandon.

 

+ Austin Davis offers his perspective on the CDC blood ban against men who have sex with men. Implemented in 1983, the ban is outdated, just like everything else from the 80′s. Oh, and not to mention that it is extremely discriminatory.

 

+ After an unfair and potentially unsafe parking procedure was enacted by the University of Michigan Health System, the Michigan Nurses Association worked with nurses at UMHS and successfully reversed the policy. This is yet another instance of why we need strong unions.

 

+ IssueDems is tonight at 7pm in the Dana Commons. Be there!

 

That’s all for today folks,

Stephen

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Meg Scribner Presents | The Daily Daily

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+ UMBees once again dominates Earthfest, prompting hundreds of EnviroDems to ask: “Should we be making our own chapstick?

+ Justice Scalia would like to “take the scruffy, bearded, sandal-wearing idiots burning the flag and… put them in jail.” Hypothetically, of course. Clean-shaven Dem Nick Rinehart is also quoted.

+ Rick Perlman, founder and president of Zaragon, Inc. thinks our willingness to pay high tuition means we also want to pay more for housing. My apartment has a bat infestation, making me neither sophisticated nor popular, but at least I don’t suffer from the crushing stigma that comes with living in a luxury apartment.

+ Stop binge watching Netflix (yes, I’m looking at you) and have a cultural experience with your fellow hipsters at the Michigan Theater.

+ Associate English Prof. Khaled Mattawa received a MacArthur Genius Grant yesterday. Meanwhile, I still can’t figure out how to use a French press.

Don’t forget- our first Kick-Ass of the year, featuring Congresswoman-elect Brenda Lawrence, is tonight at 8pm in the Wolverine Room of the Union!

Ranting since 1993,

Meg

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