equality 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? Stateside for Monday, March 31, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-march-31-2014 <p>When it comes to road repair, this winter has left Michigan in a state of despair. Where will the money come from to fill in the potholes and crater lakes that pepper our roads? Is it possible that the argument of funding will follow Democratic and Republican roads? Chris Gautz from Crain's Detroit joins us.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are joined today by a special guest from the BBC, </span>Ros<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Atkins. </span>Ros<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> just produced an hour-long documentary that traces the lives of four girls in four countries to examine if there is anywhere in the world that truly treats women as equal to men.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is graffiti art, or vandalism? Nancy Derringer explored these questions in a recent article for Bridge Magazine that examines graffiti in places like Detroit, Pontiac and Flint.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full show above. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:01:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 17043 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, March 31, 2014 Gender inequality in the college party scene http://michiganradio.org/post/gender-inequality-college-party-scene <p>When you think of inequality in higher education, things like tuition, price of textbooks and food probably come up.</p><p>But what about inequality when it comes to the party scene in college?</p><p>A new five-year study found that if a young woman chooses the so-called "party path" rather than rigorous studying, and if she's from a working class or low-income family, the party path might not lead to a great college experience, or a promising career.&nbsp;</p><p>The research was done by sociologists Elizabeth Armstrong of the University of Michigan and Laura Hamilton of the University of California.</p><p>They've turned this research into a book, <em>Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality</em>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:30:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 16949 at http://michiganradio.org Gender inequality in the college party scene School sued after firing lesbian teacher http://michiganradio.org/post/school-sued-after-firing-lesbian-teacher <p><strong>Correction:&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>&nbsp; <em>An earlier version of this story spelled "Corunna" incorrectly. It has been fixed.</em></p><p>The Corunna Public School District is facing a federal lawsuit after a lesbian teacher was fired. The controversy started with a Diversity Club at the high school in the small town west of Flint.</p><p>Brook Johnson was a teacher/advisor to the Diversity Club. In 2009 the club decided to put up a display in honor of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender History month. It featured photos of celebrities who had come out as gay or lesbian. It caused controversy and the school board ordered it removed.</p><p>The ACLU challenged the decision. The Corunna Board of Education changed its position and allowed the display.</p><p>The lawsuit alleges the administration then turned on Johnson, ostracizing her and then forcing her out. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:54:53 +0000 Lester Graham 11119 at http://michiganradio.org Fight for anti-discrimination ordinance continues in Holland http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-anti-discrimination-ordinance-continues-holland <p><em>This is a local version of a national story that aired on NPR&#39;s &#39;All Things Considered&#39; Saturday. </em></p><p>Last June the city council in <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gender-identity-sexual-orientation-laws-fail-move-forward-holland-city-council">Holland voted 5-to-4 against adding sexual orientation </a>and gender identity to its local anti-discrimination laws. Federal and Michigan laws protect residents from discrimination in housing and employment &ndash; but not based on a person&rsquo;s sexuality or gender identity.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 10:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4845 at http://michiganradio.org Fight for anti-discrimination ordinance continues in Holland 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