Engage Michigan, the Center for American Progress, and the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, will host a Michigan Women and Families Economic Security Summit in MackinawCity as the Detroit Regional Chamber’s conference goes on at Mackinac Island.
LANSING, MI — Business and legislative leaders from Lansing and Detroit have migrated up to the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference for decades. This year, a conflicting progressive conference could throw a wrench in those plans.
Engage Michigan, the Center for American Progress, and the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, will host a Michigan Women and Families Economic Security Summit in Mackinaw City as the Detroit Regional Chamber’s conference goes on at Mackinac Island.
“While many of Michigan’s big business leaders gather to plan more ways to increase wealth for the top while leaving working families behind, the summit will highlight the need to focus on policies that promote equality in the workplace and stronger economic security for women and families,” said Danielle Atkinson, director of Mothering Justice. “We still have a long way to go to ensure that women and men have an equally fair shot at getting ahead.”
Headlining the conference, which takes place May 27 from 8:30 to 5 p.m., is former Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who grabbed national attention in 2013 by filibustering a Texas abortion bill for 11 hours while wearing pink sneakers.
The summit will feature policymakers and advocates around advancing economic security and equality for Michigan women and families, organizers say.
Michigan democrats have introduced legislation on issues like equal pay and sick leave that affect women economically.
“It’s time that all Michigan women and families had a fair shot,” said Marissa Luna, new media specialist at Engage Michigan. “The Summit is an opportunity to discuss topics not getting attention on the island. We will discuss how we can eliminate barriers that women face in the workplace and drive forward a robust economic security agenda for women and families through policies like earned sick leave, equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, pregnancy discrimination and more.”
The established Mackinac Policy Conference runs May 26 through May 29. Its agenda for the 27th features guests like Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Mike Rowe of the show “Dirty Jobs.”
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