Women account for 15.3% of active-duty personnel in the U.S. military

Can women fight?

A hot topic during this election year, politicians, active military personnel and veterans alike have opinions on women in combat.

Powerful women who have made notable firsts.

Powerful women: a herstory

Women have overcome obstruction on their way to leadership positions, but plenty of obstacles still exist for women pursuing those roles. Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election could be considered the ultimate heartbreak in a career of service and fighting to break through a glass ceiling of leadership opportunities, but her campaign for the presidency changed women’s history no matter the outcome. Meet other women, primarily from Michigan, who have also made contributions to women’s history and broke through barriers to achieve in many different fields of work.

Through her internship with the Clinton campaign, Rachel Cichon, a second-year political science student at Michigan State University, is getting students registered to vote at the MSU Union on Oct. 3.

#OurVoteCounts: Getting millennial women registered this election

If every millennial woman voted, there would be a huge voting bloc in this election, said Katherine Mirani, news editor at Her Campus. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, 64 percent of women reported voting in the 2012 election. But of those voters, only 45 percent of women age 18-24 voted, compared to 61 percent of voters age 24-44, 70 percent of voters age 45-64 and 73 percent of voters age 65-74. “We have a lot of power as young women,” said the editor, 24, from Boston, “but we have to actually use it.”

On Sept. 27, Her Campus – a new-media brand for empowered college women based in Boston, Mass.

Lansing lacking in giving domestic abuse victims a place to sleep

By Ella Kovacs
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Domestic violence and relationship abuse happens all over the world, the United States, and Michigan. In big cities like Lansing, where there are many people in a concentrated area, it is vital for victims and survivors to have access–preferably easy access–to resources that will help and support them. For many women, the first resource they would think of is the police. But victims also need a place to sleep. Ruth Sternaman, a counselor at the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, said that in the Lansing area, housing assistance for victims could be improved as well as child protective services.

Michigan Women’s Historical Center showcases great accomplishments of women across the state

By Kevyn Collier-Roberts
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

“Every woman here is an inspiration,” said Caitlyn Perry Dial, the museum director at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame. Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame is a hidden gem here in the Lansing area. The museum showcases the many historical accomplishments of Michigan women, both deceased and alive. In the museum each woman being acknowledged has her own plaque on the wall with a few paragraphs briefly explaining her remarkable story. On June 10, 1987, the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame was dedicated to the public.

Lansing welcomes Women’s Premiere Soccer League franchise

By Jaylyn Galloway
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

“I play soccer, because I like working on a team to achieve a common goal,” Jackie Baratta, a Lansing resident, said. It is important for girls to play sports to not only get the team experience — which will be important for school projects as well as future work experiences — it is also good mentally and physically, Baratta said. The sentiment of girls getting involved in sports is shared among the Lansing community as a new addition has been made to the Hope Sports Complex/ hill SBC Soccer Club. The club will now have a semi-professional Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team. “We stopped after high school, now we continue for serious players in the womens’ soccer league,” Julie Mullin, general manager of the complex and owner of the Chill SBC Soccer Club said.

Provoking art gallery receives warm welcome in Lansing

By Micah Davis
Listen Up, Lansing

What was once a Lansing outdoor alleyway has become the temporary home to documentary portrait project, The Women We Are. Located at the AA Creative Corridor in Downtown Lansing, The Women We Are exhibit showcases the work of documentary photographer, Amanda Grieshop. The exhibit’s opening night was Feb. 6, 2015, and it will conclude on March 6, 2015. “It’s about nudity, it’s about being comfortable with it as a person within yourself.

Ingham County Women’s Commissions nears decision on Everyday Heroine Award recipient

By Rashad Timmons
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

The Ingham County Women’s Commission reviewed the finalists of their bi-annual Everyday Heroine Award on Oct. 9. The commission narrowed the discussion to three women. The finalists included Kristy Medes (Holt), Stephanie Butka (Lansing) and Marcy Bishop Kates (Lansing). The Everyday Heroine Award is given to women who uplift and enhance
the community through dedication and service said, Commission Representative Dorothy Mitstifer.

Women’s Expo connects Mason’s businesses and women

By Andrea Raby
Mason Times staff writer

On March 3, the ladies of Mason and the businesses that serve them gathered for the fifth annual Mason Area Women’s Expo. The expo was 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the main arena at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. Drs. Lynne and Dan Sowers of Sowers Chiropractic put on the event as a way to promote their practice and other businesses in Mason. “We found that we draw more from the Mason area, not as much from Lansing, and I know what was the case for a lot of businesses,” Lynne Sowers said.