women's rights http://michiganradio.org en Does the land of opportunity include gender equality? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-land-opportunity-include-gender-equality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We often talk about the U.S. as being the land of opportunity. This is the country where you can fulfill your dreams; that is certainly the view of America from many other countries. But is that view justified?&nbsp;</span></p><p>Here in Michigan, one in four kids lives in poverty. And are girls in Michigan really seen as equals to boys?</p><p>We may say, of course they are. But does that belief holdup to close scrutiny?</p><p>The BBC's Ros Atkins wanted to find out if there is anyplace in the world that girls and women are treated the same as boys and men.</p><p>He has produced a special hour-long documentary tracing the lives of four girls in four countries. It's called "All That Stands in the Way".&nbsp;</p><p>We get Atkins'&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">perspective on this, and we bring in Dustin Dwyer from Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project to look at how we talk about the American dream as this big grand idea – which may not work out that way in reality.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:10:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 17041 at http://michiganradio.org Does the land of opportunity include gender equality? Where are the women in Michigan politics? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-are-women-michigan-politics <p>On this Election Day - Here's a question worth exploring: where are the women in Michigan politics?</p><p>The number of women in the State Legislature has now dropped to a 20 year low.&nbsp; There are only four women serving in the Senate, and 24 in the House.</p><p>And that puts Michigan at 36th in the nation in terms of female State Senators and Representatives.</p><p>And when you look to Washington, the gender ratio in Congress isn't much better.</p><p>Barb Byrum joined us today. She’s the Ingham County Clerk, and she served in the State House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:30:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 15144 at http://michiganradio.org Where are the women in Michigan politics? Few women in top corporate positions in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/few-women-top-corporate-positions-michigan <p>Twenty eight of Michigan's top 100 public companies have no women as directors, executive officers, or in the ranks of the five highest-paid employees. Even among companies with women in top positions, the numbers are small, and the rate of change glacial.</p><p>That's according to a report recently released by the <a href="https://www.inforummichigan.org/home">Inforum Center for Leadership in Michigan.</a> The report was co-authored by two officers of Inforum and two faculty members at Wayne State University's School of Business Administration.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:46:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14571 at http://michiganradio.org Few women in top corporate positions in Michigan Adrian College to improve gender equity in sports http://michiganradio.org/post/adrian-college-improve-gender-equity-sports <p><a href="http://www.adrian.edu/">Adrian College</a> has agreed to changes after federal investigators found the small, liberal arts school has discriminated against female student athletes. The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110917/NEWS06/109170380/Adrian-College-must-improve-sports-facilities-female-athletes?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press reports</a> Saturday that the U.S. Department of Education cited the southern Michigan school for 11 violations of gender-equity rules.</p><p>Among the changes the school must make: add at least one more women&#39;s sport, build a women&#39;s locker room in its multipurpose stadium and increase pay for coaches of women&#39;s sports.</p><p>School spokeswoman Jennifer Compton says the school &quot;has maintained the highest commitment to equality and respect for gender equity&quot; during its 152-year history. She says the college believes it offers &quot;a quality higher educational experience to all students.&quot;</p><p>The agreement caps a three-year investigation into Title IX violations at the school. Sat, 17 Sep 2011 16:57:33 +0000 The Associated Press 4192 at http://michiganradio.org Adrian College to improve gender equity in sports Hundreds in Michigan rally on 100th Annual International Women’s Day http://michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-michigan-rally-100th-annual-international-women%E2%80%99s-day <p>On the first <a href="http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp">International Women&rsquo;s Day</a> in 1911, thousands petitioned for women&rsquo;s rights to vote and end discrimination in the workplace. Now it&rsquo;s a mix. Participants hope to close the remaining gaps where they exist and celebrate achievements women have made in the last century.</p><p>Mandy Keller Rodriquez was one of dozens who participated at a rally in downtown Grand Rapids.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We might feel equal or be okay here, in this little portion in Grand Rapids. I&rsquo;m not saying we are but &ndash; with this being an international event we&rsquo;re saying we know that there are women out there that don&rsquo;t have it as good as we do or have the voice that we do.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Ruth Stein says obviously&nbsp;women in the U.S. have made huge progress. But she points out many inequalities still exist.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;As long as mothers have a harder time getting hired, as long as women don&rsquo;t get paid as much, and long as that is seen as something as a women&rsquo;s problem and not as a man&rsquo;s problem, or a family&rsquo;s problem &ndash; then there&rsquo;s a measure of inequality and we still need to be out here working for this sort of thing.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.google.com/events/iwd2011/">Hundreds of people checked in</a> at rallies in Big Rapids, Detroit, and Ann Arbor. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:56:41 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1556 at http://michiganradio.org Hundreds in Michigan rally on 100th Annual International Women’s Day