feminism http://michiganradio.org en Commentary: Remembering Helen http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-remembering-helen <p>Thirty-four years ago, when Debbie Stabenow was a newly elected state representative in a very male-dominated legislature, she got the first of a number of encouraging notes from an older woman who had spent a lot of years in the fishbowl of politics.</p><p>Those notes meant a lot to Stabenow, as she went on to become a force to be reckoned with in first the state house and then the senate; in Congress and&nbsp; finally in the U.S. Senate.</p><p>What made that support all the more remarkable is that Stabenow is a Democrat. And the woman who reached out to her was the wife of the Republican governor, Helen Milliken, perhaps the least likely and most effective feminist in Michigan history.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:09:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12868 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Remembering Helen