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Public News Service - MI: Women's Issues

The tipped-wage system leaves many restaurant workers living below poverty level. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Restaurant workers have a tip for diners: Many want to see an end to the tipped wage system in Michigan. Under existing law, employers must pay tipped employees at least $3.38 per hour. They're allowed to collect tips on top of that, but if those tips don't bring their hourl

Experts say encouraging girls to pursue nontraditional careers from an early age will help close the wage gap in Michigan. (Dia2018/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – A baby girl born this year in Michigan won't likely see pay equity in her working life, according to new research which looks at what it will take to close the pay gap across the country. The report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research projects that at the current pa

Michigan lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow concealed carry of firearms in public places without a permit. (mconnors/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Today is International Women's Day, and one group of Michigan women is marking the occasion by taking aim at what they believe would be a dangerous change to the state's gun laws. Two bills in the House would make Michigan the seventh state in the nation to allow people to ca

A law that helps support breastfeeding mothers at work is at risk if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. (Wencke g/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. – The number of mothers who breastfeed their babies has been on the rise in Michigan, but there are fears the trend won't continue if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The ACA contains many women's preventive-care requirements, including insurance coverage of lactation consul

Activists hope to harness the energy of Saturday's marches to work for long-term change. (M. Shand)

LANSING, Mich. – Many Michigan women are still basking in the afterglow of the historic marches that took place on Saturday, but they also say the message is clear: They're only just getting started. Julia Pulver, the director of Women Organize Michigan, says the groups that marched over the

A large crowd is expected Saturday at the Women's March on Lansing. (Phillip Hoffmeister/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. - On the day after Donald Trump takes office, thousands of Michigan women will take to the streets in opposition to the wave of hate crimes, violence and discrimination they say have proliferated since the November election. Clinical psychotherapist Sarah Eisenberg is one of the orga

A new report says Michigan is not investing enough in prenatal cessation and smoking prevention. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. -- Smoking during pregnancy can cause a multitude of negative health outcomes for a child, yet pregnant women in Michigan are lighting up at higher rates now than they were several years ago. There has been an 18 percent increase in the smoking rate among pregnant women since 2008,

Democrats would need to win nine seats to regain power in the Michigan House of Representatives. <br />(Steve and Christine/Wikimedia)

LANSING, Mich. – A women's political advocacy group wants to flip Michigan from red to blue. EMILY's List has announced a Focus 2020 initiative intended to get pro-choice, Democratic Party women elected in the years leading up to the 2021 redistricting. Republicans have had control of Mich

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