- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A nonpartisan coalition in Michigan wants to give women a greater voice in policy decisions that affect their health and economic security.

The coalition announced this week called “MI Lead” includes leaders from more than 30 social and professional organizations. Those involved said the goal is to make Michigan a model and leader in women’s rights by strengthening laws for women and families.

“Protecting women’s rights and empowering women leads to stronger, more stable families and a more equal and more prosperous Michigan, which benefits everyone in the state,” Kindra Speech of the Michigan Partners Project, one of the coalition members, said in a statement.

The coalition plans to work to address gender inequality across the state in the areas health, safety and economic security. And members hope to influence policymakers on issues such as pay equity, women’s access to health care and maternity leave policies.

Other organizations involved include the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Business and Professional Women of Michigan, the AFL-CIO, Michigan League for Public Policy and the Michigan National Organization for Women.

“Equal economic opportunity and access to quality health care is an important matter for all citizens in Michigan,” said Lara Chelian, co-director of the coalition.




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