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Michigan NOW is excited to announce that we are partners in a new coalition that will work to get the ERA and LGBT rights added to our state constitution. Michigan NOW is strongly committed to actively supporting this push for equality. More information will be announced over the next few weeks.


The Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) has a long history of working for women’s rights in our state, and we are excited to announce that we are strengthening our work for equality as a partner in the Fair Michigan Coalition that will work to pass a constitutional amendment to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. Why a constitutional amendment? We need it. Women should be treated as full citizens and should have access to all of the protections guaranteed in our state constitution. A constitutional amendment is a clear statement that the people of Michigan believe that the women in our state deserve full equality. It is a stronger guarantee of rights than simply passing a law that can be easily repealed or amended.

Michigan NOW President Danielle Troia stated that, “People just assume that women’s rights are guaranteed and that discrimination is illegal. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I firmly believe that the people of Michigan want women to be treated fairly and that they will vote for the Fair Michigan ballot initiative.”

At this moment it is lawful to discriminate against women in Michigan, and it endangers women every day. Here are just a few examples of lawful discrimination that women face each day in our state:

  • Lawful discrimination allows women to be denied housing or to be fired from their job because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Lawful discrimination also allows pregnant women to be fired from their jobs.
  • Michigan women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to similarly employed men. The pay gap is even greater for women of color. Unequal pay makes it hard for women to support themselves and their families, and contributes to women living in poverty (Institute for Women’s Policy Research).
  • Discrimination led to thousands of unprocessed rape kits in Detroit, and these rapists were left to freely roam the streets and attack more women.

Michigan women are hard working, good people and they deserve to be treated fairly! It’s time to send a clear message that the people of Michigan believe in equality. We do not support discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. Quite simply, it’s time to end discrimination in Michigan.

NOW’s  purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. We ask you to stand with the Michigan members of the National Organization for Women to ensure that everyone is treated fairly.