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Breaking: Alicia Garza and Fatima Goss Graves to Keynote Lowcountry Forum

by Melissa Moore on Nov 7, 2019

Hurry! Only a limited number of tickets available so CLICK HERE to get your tickets! Announcing Keynote speakers, Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter and BlackFuturesLab and Fatima Goss Graves, CEO of National Women’s Law Center for “Building Together: Harnessing our Power for Gender Equity“ WREN and the National Women’s Law Center, in partnership with YWCA of Greater

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Columbia City of Women: Now accepting nominations

by WREN team on Nov 6, 2019

As a part of our Columbia City of Women initiative, we want to share our honoree for the month of November: Anna Heyward Taylor. Her story is indicative of the many creative, inspiring, and innovative women who have shaped the culture of Columbia and South Carolina. Born in 1879 to Columbia’s elite ruling class, Taylor’s

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Meet Maya

by WREN team on Nov 1, 2019

Our nest is getting bigger! Meet WREN’s newest staff member and Communications and Development Associate, Maya Ward. 1.Where are you from?  I was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. I have spent the past five years in Spartanburg, South Carolina where I attended college and started working.  2.What did you do previously before coming to

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Get outraged. Then get organized.

by Ann Warner on Oct 22, 2019

BREAKING: 6-week abortion ban receives favorable report in subcommittee vote Today the Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee voted to move forward a six-week abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest.  This vote demonstrates a profound disrespect for the health and safety of South Carolinians, and total disregard for the countless objections raised by doctors,

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It takes a village (with good laws and policies)

by Ashley Lidow on Oct 15, 2019

As many of you may know, 2019 has been the year where I decided to become a parent. When folks say that it takes a village to raise a child they are not exaggerating. Without writing a novel about what it has been like to be pregnant I will tell you: *spoiler alert* it is

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We are proud of you.

by Ann Warner, CEO on Sep 12, 2019

On Sept 10th, the 6-week abortion ban was heard by the Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee and served as the final opportunity for the public to provide verbal testimony. While it’s frustrating to spend our precious time discussing a blatantly unconstitutional and reckless bill that was fast-tracked outside of regular legislative session, it was also incredibly

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Statement in Opposition to H.3020

by Ann Warner on Sep 9, 2019

The Medical Affairs Committee has limited testimony for the Sept. 10th hearing on H.3020 so the speaker slots have been filled. That being said we need AS MANY written testimonies as possible to be used in committee and floor debates. Senators have asked for stories from all 46 Senate districts. You can submit testimony directly

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7 Questions with Melissa Moore

by WREN on Aug 22, 2019

Our nest is getting bigger! Meet WREN’s newest staff member and Lowcountry Manager, Melissa Moore. 1. Where are you from? I’m from Mount Pleasant, SC’s fourth-largest municipality that likes to pretend it’s a sleepy little beach town. I grew up in Charleston and graduated with a BS in Sociology from the College of Charleston. I’m

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Black Women in South Carolina Deserve Equal Pay

by Elected Black Women, SC General Assembly on Aug 22, 2019

Today, August 22, marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Far from a celebration, this day represents how far Black women nationwide had to work into 2019 to match what white, non-Hispanic men earned in 2018. Nationally, Black women working full-time, year-round earned 61 cents for every dollar earned by white men working full-time, year-round. This

Policy Updates

This is YOUR House.

by Courtney Thomas on Aug 21, 2019

In an unprecedented move, the South Carolina Senate is moving forward with H. 3020 outside of regular session.  After passing through the house, the 6 Week Abortion Ban is now in the Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee.    September 10, 2019 is our last opportunity to go on record in opposition to the bill, so we