A passionate advocate for women’s rights, Maxine Berman led the push for the creation of nationwide requirements for mammography amenities. 

The longtime state legislator was additionally well-known for her cheekily titled e-book, “The Only Boobs in the House are Men.”

Berman of West Bloomfield died Friday of lung most cancers. She was 71. 

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm referred to as Berman, who as soon as labored for her, a mentor and pal. 

“Maxine was an irreverent, brilliant, sassy warrior for women, for education, for health care,” she informed the Free Press. “She was a mentor and a pal, and nobody might make me chuckle extra, or encourage me extra to face up for women’s health.

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“Maxine was fearless in battle and she has handed on that preventing spirit to so many people who have been privileged to be in her orbit.”

Berman grew up in Oak Park and attended the University of Michigan. After graduating, she taught English for a number of years at her alma mater, Oak Park High School. 

She later transitioned into politics, becoming a member of Michigan’s House of Representatives in 1983 on behalf of Southfield residents. She served till 1996. 

“Her integrity might by no means be questioned. The different aspect of the aisle won’t agree together with her, however they knew she was coming from a great place,” Berman’s sister, Barbara Disner, said. “And she fought for what she believed in and was true to her values.”  

During her political profession, Berman was a fierce advocate for women’s rights and different social justice issues. 

She efficiently pushed for mammography amenities in Michigan to be accredited, and then lobbied the federal authorities to require accreditation nationwide.  

Kim Trent, who labored beneath Granholm and is now a member of the Wayne State University Board of Governors, recalled working with Berman within the mid-2000s on a marketing campaign to protect affirmative motion in Michigan. She stated she was robust, sensible, strategic and kindhearted.  

“She was clear-eyed about what mattered to her, and you simply knew the place you stood together with her,” Trent said. “That’s only a refreshing high quality.” 

Berman was a member of the House Bipartisan Team, which created a brand new system to fund Michigan’s public faculties, in response to her niece, Lisa Pinsky. As a chair of the House Elections Committee, she created an expedited system for voter registration.

Berman was additionally chair of the Michigan Women’s Campaign Fund, a bipartisan group that raises cash to assist women run for workplace.

In 1994, Berman wrote “The Only Boobs in the House are Men,” a guide about her expertise within the male-dominated state Legislature. 

After leaving the House, she started Capitol Strategies, Inc., a enterprise that targeted on advocacy coaching and political consulting. She based and was government director of the Women’s Health Network of Michigan.

Berman labored on each of Granholm’s campaigns, in 2002 and 2006. She additionally served as Granholm’s particular tasks director.   

When the governor’s Lansing residence was being renovated in 2003, Berman impressed the women’s powder room to develop into the Women’s Power Room, adorned with grey flannel material and photographs of women who performed essential roles in Michigan historical past. 

In 2009, Berman was the primary lady ever named because the Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University. 

She was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015.  

A funeral is scheduled for . Interment shall be at Machpelah Cemetery.

Berman is survived by her sister, Barbara (Marshall) Disner; nephew Robert (Edye) Disner; niece Lisa (Mark) Pinsky; grandnieces Emma, Rebecca and Jane Pinsky, and  her trustworthy canine companion, Owen.

Contact Ann Zaniewski: 313-222-6594 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @AnnZaniewski. 

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