women http://michiganradio.org en Report: Unmarried women could be critical voting bloc this fall in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/report-unmarried-women-could-be-critical-voting-bloc-fall-michigan <p>A new report suggests unmarried women may be a critical swing vote in Michigan’s elections this fall.</p><p></p><p>The Voter Participation Center works to get more unmarried women, people of color, and young people to vote. But those groups tend to show the biggest voting&nbsp;dropoff in off-year elections.</p><p></p><p>Those also happen to be the voters Democrats need &nbsp;to win in this fall’s gubernatorial and congressional elections.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:56:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 17140 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Unmarried women could be critical voting bloc this fall in Michigan How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations http://michiganradio.org/post/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 http://michiganradio.org How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-27-2014 <div><p>When you think "Michigan," you think tourism, right? Or, for some, maybe it's Tim Allen telling you about the state's open roads, fall colors, glistening lakes. Tourism means big business for the mitten. We look at how the changing climate might impact what more than 4.4 million out-of-state visitors will be able to do and enjoy when they come to the Great Lakes State.&nbsp;</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we spoke with Michigan author&nbsp;Laura Kasischke&nbsp;about her latest novel, Mind of Winter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And Daniel Howes&nbsp;joined us for our weekly check-in, to discuss Mary Barra and the ghost of GM's past.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, women are underrepresented in the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;STEM&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, but there is one University of Michigan student group trying to change that.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, we are one week into spring but still getting snow. Meterologist&nbsp;Jim Maczko&nbsp;spoke with us about when we can expect warmer weather.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e are closing in on the deadline to purchase health insurance or face a penalty under the Affordable Care Act.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Erin Knott is the Michigan Director of Enroll America, a non-profit, non-partisan group trying to get people enrolled in health insurance.</p><p>Erin joined us today to discuss the upcoming deadline.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17007 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 University of Michigan student-led group encourages young girls to pursue math and science http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-student-led-group-encourages-young-girls-pursue-math-and-science <p>We recently had a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/why-are-women-underrepresented-science-and-what-can-be-done-change">discussion</a> on Stateside that explored the question: Why are there not more women in the STEM and Computer Science programs?</p><p>After that program, we got an eye-catching email from University of Michigan student Carrie Johnson. She's in the Chemical Biology Ph.D. program, and she is a part of a student-led group called <a href="http://femmes.studentorgs.umich.edu/">FEMMES</a>, which stands for Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science.</p><p>When we heard how these students are reaching out to encourage and inspire other women, including holding free Saturday and after-school programs for girls in 4th through 6th grade, we knew we wanted to share their story with you.</p><p>Carrie Johnson and Abigail Garrity, a Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience Program at Michigan and co-president of FEMMES, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:31:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 17006 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan student-led group encourages young girls to pursue math and science More women are becoming farmers in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/more-women-are-becoming-farmers-michigan <p>The face of farming in America, and here in Michigan, is changing.</p><p>More and more often, that farmer raising crops or tending to a dairy herd is a woman.</p><p>As women move from a supporting role to a starring role on Michigan farms, how is this changing agriculture?</p><p>Sue Raker is the owner and operator of Cloverland Apiary and Farm on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.</p><p>And Wynne Wright is a professor in community sustainability and sociology at Michigan State University. They both joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:22:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 16599 at http://michiganradio.org More women are becoming farmers in Michigan Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-feb-25-2014 <p>We've almost all done it – you might have even done it just today: Made a purchase online.<br /><br />But have you ever wondered why you have to pay sales tax on online purchases from some retailers like Target, but not others, like Amazon? There's new legislation in Lansing that might change that. We found out more on today's show.</p><p>Then, close your eyes. Now, picture a farmer. What comes to mind? You probably pictured a man, but more women are raising crops now in Michigan. We took a look at what's behind the rise in female farmers.</p><p>And, it was the most infamous event of one of the most painful and divisive times in Michigan's history. A new play at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History explores the Algiers incident which occurred during the Detroit riots.&nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's been five days since emergency manager Kevyn Orr released the bankruptcy reorganization blueprint, which maps out a way to wipe out billions in debt, spend over half a billion in tearing down abandoned buildings and invest $1 billion to improve city services.</span></p><p>Now that all stakeholders have had a chance to digest the blueprint, the battle lines are being drawn.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley joined us today to give us a look ahead.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:19:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 16603 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 Are Detroit's female and minority entrepreneurs ignored? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-detroits-female-and-minority-entrepreneurs-ignored <p>There has been much talk – some of it here on this show – about opportunities for entrepreneurs in Detroit.</p><p>After more than a century of being dominated by big business – General Motors, Chrysler, Packard – the new look of business in Detroit is small, nimble, and full of innovation.</p><p>Some have raised the question whether there has been an inordinate amount of attention paid to white entrepreneurs – and male entrepreneurs.</p><p>Lisa Cook, an associate professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University, says that many are ignoring women and ethnic minorities’ roles in Detroit’s entrepreneurial scene.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:05:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 16419 at http://michiganradio.org Are Detroit's female and minority entrepreneurs ignored? New GM CEO hopes to inspire science students http://michiganradio.org/post/new-gm-ceo-hopes-inspire-science-students <p>The incoming CEO of General Motors hopes her appointment as the first woman to lead a global automaker will inspire young women and men to pursue careers in science.</p><p>Mary Barra's first appearance before reporters since getting the job eclipsed the rollout of the GMC Canyon small pickup truck.</p><p></p><p>Barra unveiled the truck and was immediately surrounded by hundreds of journalists Sunday at an old industrial site in Detroit.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:21:46 +0000 Associated Press 15988 at http://michiganradio.org New GM CEO hopes to inspire science students Why are women underrepresented in science and what can be done to change this? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-are-women-underrepresented-science-and-what-can-be-done-change <p>A young woman entered college, full of the dreams she’d been holding tight since early grade school: dreams of being a doctor. She entered college in pre-med as a biology major. The biology part of pre-med went just great. But the chemistry was tough, and, in the middle of her sophomore year, when she saw she’d gotten a “D” in organic chem lab, that was that. She dropped out of all her science classes, switched over to History and tried to forget that she’d ever wanted to be a surgeon.</p><p>Today she’s glad to be hosting Stateside here on Michigan Radio!</p><p>But even after 34 years in radio and TV, Cynthia Canty still finds herself wondering what if she had not let that one “D” chase her out of her science major? And why did no one try to encourage her to keep plugging away?</p><p>So when the New York Times Sunday Magazine recently ran a long piece by writer Eileen Pollack titled “<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/magazine/why-are-there-still-so-few-women-in-science.html?_r=0">Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?</a>” it struck a very personal chord.</p><p>As Eileen finds, women are still underrepresented in the STEM classes and careers that are so crucial to our country’s future prosperity.</p><p>But the University of Michigan is working hard to find ways to nurture and support women students and faculty in the sciences.</p><p>We were joined today by the author of that New York Times piece. She is one of the first two women to earn a bachelor of science degree in physics from Yale. Today she teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan.</p><p>Tim McKay is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Michigan, and he directs the undergrad honors program.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Abby Stewart is a professor of psychology and women’s studies at Michigan. She directs the university’s advance program.</span></p><p>The three of them joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:39:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 15956 at http://michiganradio.org Why are women underrepresented in science and what can be done to change this? Stateside for Thursday, January 9, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-january-9-2014 <p>Last month, Governor Rick Snyder called for less coal power and more renewable energy in Michigan. Utilities are in a good position, but questions remain over whether lawmakers will be able to act before the state's current energy standards expire. We found out more on today's show.</p><p>Then, of all the physics professors in the United States, only 14% are women. Why do some female scientists give up? And what can be done to help female students and minorities succeed?</p><p>And, we heard from the BBC on how China had become the world leader for wind power.</p><p>Also, a group of “free skiers” have found a new ski location in the abandon buildings of Detroit.</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's Thursday, time for the first check-in of this New Year with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</span></p><p>Understandably, he has the auto industry on his mind as we prepare for next week's opening of the North American International Auto Show. He got an early look at the show, and he joined us today to discuss it.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:18:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 15959 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, January 9, 2014 What does GM's first female CEO mean for the auto industry? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-does-gms-first-female-ceo-mean-auto-industry <div><p>She began her career at General Motors as an engineering co-op student in 1980.</p><p>33 years later, Mary Barra has made history by being named the next CEO of GM — the first time a woman has been placed in the top spot of a major automaker.</p><p>GM made the groundbreaking announcement today that CEO Dan Akerson has moved up his retirement to January 15, after discovering his wife is battling advanced-stage cancer.</p><p>But who is Mary Barra, and what does this appointment mean to America's auto industry?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:15:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 15628 at http://michiganradio.org What does GM's first female CEO mean for the auto industry? Domestic workers are critical to our economy, so why are they invisible? http://michiganradio.org/post/domestic-workers-are-critical-our-economy-so-why-are-they-invisible <p>There has been virtually no end to the stories focusing on the "Lean In" concept put forth by then- C.O.O of Facebook Sheryl Sandburg, focusing on whether highly talented and visible---and basically well-off---women could "have it all.”</p><p>But, as writer Laurie Penny wrote in The New Statesman, "While we all worry about the glass ceiling, there are millions of women standing in the basement---and the basement is flooding."</p><p>Domestic workers. The people that come into our homes to cook, clean, nanny or provide health care. Historically, many of these workers were African American women who were servants to families.</p><p>Today, household workers are critical to our economy, but all too often they're the invisible and underpaid part of society.</p><p>Why are they so invisible and what needs to happen to lift them out of that "flooding basement?"</p><p>Dr. Eileen Boris is the Hull Professor and Chair, Department of Feminist Studies and a Professor of History, Black Studies, and Global Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. She joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:54:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 15429 at http://michiganradio.org Domestic workers are critical to our economy, so why are they invisible? The Michigan Women's Hall of Fame has some new inductees http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-womens-hall-fame-has-some-new-inductees <p>The Michigan Women's Hall of Fame has just announced its latest list of inductees.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among them are six contemporary women and three women from Michigan's past.</span></p><p>We took a closer look at one of those women from the past.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth </span>Eaglesfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> broke ground as one of the first female lawyers in Michigan history, but she didn't stop there.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Just wait till you hear more about her remarkable life and career.</p><p>Joining us was Jo Ellyn Clarey of the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council, who nominated Elizabeth Eaglesfield.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:59:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 15335 at http://michiganradio.org The Michigan Women's Hall of Fame has some new inductees 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? Michigan earns a C in 'State of Women' report http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-earns-c-state-women-report <p>A new report gave Michigan a C in terms of the well being of the state&#39;s women.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/report/2013/09/25/74836/the-state-of-women-in-america/">The Center for American Progress report</a> looked at nine different measures to determine how states in the U.S. ranked &mdash; including congressional representation, the number of women in management roles, and wage gaps.</p><p>One area where Michigan fell flat: female leadership. Michigan earned a C- for its relative lack of women in decision-making roles.</p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:25:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14626 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan earns a C in 'State of Women' report 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 Wonder what it's like to be a woman in Detroit? Check out this video http://michiganradio.org/post/wonder-what-its-be-woman-detroit-check-out-video <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">There’s been a lot of talk about changes in Detroit — who’s moving in, who’s moving out, who’s shaking things up.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But for all the clamor, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about one group in the city: women.</ Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:09:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13257 at http://michiganradio.org Wonder what it's like to be a woman in Detroit? Check out this video What women look for when buying a new car http://michiganradio.org/post/what-women-look-when-buying-new-car <p></p><p>In a recent study by L.R. Polk, none of the top ten car companies that women prefer were domestic.</p><p>Susan&nbsp;Ianni, the general manager of Gordon Chevrolet of Garden City, argued otherwise.</p><p>"Women here love domestic cars," she said. "It's in other parts of the country where the problem lies. Women aren't even looking at domestic cars. They aren't even on their shopping list. Women are going for the car they're driving which is probably a foreign car, so they're going back to that dealership and not giving domestic cars a chance."</p><p>So what was this study getting at and why do some women prefer foreign cars?</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:20:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 11782 at http://michiganradio.org What women look for when buying a new car Program seeks more women for computer fields http://michiganradio.org/post/program-seeks-more-women-computer-fields <p>HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Tech University has been chosen for a program designed to get more women involved in computer-related disciplines.<br><br>Twenty universities and 14 companies were selected for the National Center for Women and Information Technology Pacesetters program, in which leaders commit to increasing the number of women in the nation's computing and technology workforce.<br><br>It's sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Google and Qualcomm.<br> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11393 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan considers tax breaks for women with 12 week old fetuses http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-considers-tax-breaks-women-12-week-old-fetuses <div class="content-wrap" style="float: none;"><div class="gel-content"><div class="gel-pane gpagediv"><p>Some Michigan legislators are working to give pregnant women a tax break for their fetuses.</p><p>The plan is to allow a woman to claim a 12-week-old fetus as a dependent on their state income tax return.</p><p>From House Bills <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28m1vzyjavjq055o55vfzbga55%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectName=2012-HB-5684">5684 &amp; 5685</a>:</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:07:38 +0000 Mark Brush 10018 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan considers tax breaks for women with 12 week old fetuses