gender en Does the land of 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 Does the land of opportunity include gender equality? Stateside for 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 Stateside for Monday, March 31, 2014 How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations <p>Gabriela Frank is probably not what comes to mind when you think of a contemporary classical music composer. &nbsp;For starters, she considers herself a hippie.</p><p> “I was born in the 1970s in Berkeley, California, during the Vietnam protests," says Frank. "My dad was a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who married a Peruvian woman from the coast. I’m also a woman and I have a hearing loss, so technically I’m disabled as well.”</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 17029 at How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations Gender inequality in the 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 Gender inequality in the college party scene Wages in Michigan still aren't equal between men and women <p></p><p>If you are a working woman in Michigan, you will average 73 cents for every dollar made by a man, according to a study recently released by the American Association of University Women.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan women rank seventh among the states and Washington D.C. in the wage gap between men and women, but what does that mean? What is it about Michigan that might lead to this gap?</p><p>And, as Michigan becomes a Right to Work state, what effect will that have on the wage gap?</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty was joined by the President of the American Association of University Women in Michigan, Janet Watkins.</p><p>Watkins explained the study, and addressed the effect of the gender wage gap among varying industries and ethnicities throughout the state of Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>You can get more information about Equal Pay Day at <a href=""></a>.</p><p><em>To hear the full story, click the link above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:33:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 12050 at Wages in Michigan still aren't equal between men and women UM professor says “no shame” for children with disorder of sex development <p>It’s not uncommon for newborn babies to have an unclear gender. About one in 300 infants have a disorder of sex development (or DSD). That means babies have atypical sex chromosomes, atypical gonads, or atypical genitals.</p><div><div data-tooltip="Hide expanded content" id=":9a" role="button" tabindex="0"><img src=""></div><div data-tooltip="Hide expanded content" role="button" tabindex="0"><p>For some parents, the experience can be overwhelming and in the past, shame and secrecy have been associated with the disorder.</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 22:55:02 +0000 Kyle Norris 11067 at UM professor says “no shame” for children with disorder of sex development Michigan 4th worst in gender-based income inequality <p>Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment from the second presidential debate became an <a href="">instant Internet meme</a>, but it also brought attention to the issue of income inequality based on gender.</p><p>It’s an issue with particular relevance for Michigan.</p><p>The state ranks fourth in the country for the largest pay gap between men and women.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:33:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9541 at Michigan 4th worst in gender-based income inequality Hockey from different sides of the rink <p>I&rsquo;ve coached high school boy&rsquo;s hockey teams for almost a decade.&nbsp; But a few years ago, I spent two years helping out the Michigan women&rsquo;s hockey team &ndash; and I learned a lot more than they did.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s worth noting that I&rsquo;m comparing only high school boys and college women, based solely on my observations of two hockey teams.&nbsp; Your mileage may vary.&nbsp;</p><p>My education started on day one. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:00:23 +0000 John U. Bacon 6260 at Hockey from different sides of the rink Court strikes down Michigan's ban on using race or gender in college admissions <p><strong>Update 3:00 p.m.</strong></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt">The <a href="">Michigan Department of Civil Rights</a> released a statement supporting the opinion of the US 6<sup><span>th </span></sup>Circuit Court of Appeals. The court struck down the Michigan constitutional ban using race or gender in university admissions decisions.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt">From their statement: </span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt">We believe the question of who comprises a student body is best made at the academic rather than the political level. A university&rsquo;s primary responsibility is the academic interests of those students who are admitted and preparing those students for the future. This decision removes the handcuffs that prevented Michigan&rsquo;s public universities from making decisions based upon those factors they believed to be in the best interests of the entire student body and the institutions as a whole.</span></p></blockquote><p>The <a href="">Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion</a>, an advocacy group that worked to preserve affirmative action in Michigan, also praised today&#39;s court ruling.</p><p>From their statement:</p><blockquote><p>The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion today applauded the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Michigan&#39;s anti-affirmative action constitutional amendment, with CEO and President Thomas Costello calling the decision &quot;a clear win for access, opportunity and equity for all.&quot;</p><p>The court noted that the 14<sup>th</sup> Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, known as the &quot;equal protection&quot; clause, is more than just words. &quot;It is also an assurance that the majority may not manipulate the channels of change in a manner that places unique burdens on issues of importance to racial minorities.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><strong>2:30 p.m.</strong></p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Steve Carmody interviewed Jennifer Gratz, the director of state initiatives for the <a href="">American Civil Rights Coalition</a>.</p><p>In 2006, Gratz was the executive director of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative which became known as &quot;Proposal 2&quot; once it was put on the ballot. Proposal 2 passed and it amended the Michigan Constitution by banning the practice of using race or gender in college admissions.</p><p>The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the ban unconstitutional today.</p><p>Gratz was also a lead plaintiff in a case against the University of Michigan&#39;s affirmative action policy in admissions - a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2003 (Gratz v. Bollinger).</p><p>Here&#39;s the interview:</p><p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 19:00:57 +0000 Mark Brush 3117 at Court strikes down Michigan's ban on using race or gender in college admissions