Advocate Stories, News

A Message of Solidarity With Our Network

by WREN Staff on Jun 2, 2020

  WREN joins with people across this state and country who demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other victims of state-sanctioned terror and racism. For far too long, too many have denied or made excuses for the harm that White supremacy and police brutality have caused to Black and Brown

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Disconnected: Broadband in South Carolina

by Melissa Moore on May 26, 2020

I’m living a blessed life online these days. I just celebrated Mother’s Day, a couple of birthdays, and a handful of happy hours in front of my laptop. Virtual boot camp classes have been boosting my heart rate every weekday morning before I sign onto Zoom for my daily staff check-ins. After I log a

COVID-19, Policy Updates

Letter to the General Assembly on COVID-19

by Ann Warner on May 12, 2020

  As the South Carolina General Assembly reconvenes, our CEO, Ann Warner, penned a letter to each member.  In the letter (below) Warner encourages each legislator to consider the lives and livelihoods of women as our economic recovery. In her letter, she emphasizes the need for a state-level response to the needs presented in this

News, Special Events

#WRENThisTogether: Building a Movement…and a Mullet.

by Kate Mayer on May 5, 2020

  Whew, WHAT. A. DAY. Midlands Gives 2020 has been one for the books—we were bestowed the magical unicorn known as a “Cheerful Giver” matching gift, donor outreach nearly screeched to a halt when our database crashed, and we pulled it all together while sitting at our makeshift desks working from home. And thanks to

COVID-19, Policy Updates

COVID-19 Policy Priorities

by WREN Staff on May 1, 2020

The WREN team is committed to serving our network by continuing to educate and advocate for the health, economic well-being, and rights of women, girls, and their families. Our COVID-19 policy priorities will center women and caregivers by focusing on protections for front line workers, addressing women’s economic devastation, paid leave, and reproductive freedom.  The

News, Special Events

Countdown to Midlands Gives

by WREN Staff on Apr 29, 2020

Midlands Gives is just around the corner! Midlands Gives brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for local nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. In addition to being a year-round resource for donors across the Midlands, the initiative amplifies donations during an 18-hour online giving challenge the first Tuesday of May. Since

Advocate Stories, COVID-19, Leadership and Civic Engagement

Voting in the Pandemic: We Need Action!

by Lynn Teague, VP for Issues and Action, League of Women Voters of SC on Apr 20, 2020

COVID-19 and existing South Carolina election procedures are a potentially deadly combination. COVID-19 is not going away in 2020, so the election procedures must change to protect us. Current South Carolina law will unnecessarily spread this disease by compelling the majority of our citizens to congregate in polling places on election day. This is a

Advocate Stories, COVID-19

Social Distancing With WREN

by WREN Staff on Mar 31, 2020

We know that as we move into this unprecedented time of social distancing, we find ourselves spending more time at home (and with our families) than we’re used to. Schools have closed and many employers have moved to working from home, WREN made that leap two weeks ago. With the closure of many public activities

Advocate Stories, Be The Voice, COVID-19, Health and Education

A Message from the Front Line

by Dr. Jessica Tarleton, MD, MPH on Mar 27, 2020

As physicians, we are used to sometimes working in gray areas. We may feel internal unease when we counsel a patient that we are not sure whether this treatment or that will be better, but we or our patients must choose.  The gray areas of these days, though, feel different. There is duality of telling

City of Women, News

Celebrating Women’s History Month

by WREN Staff on Mar 31, 2020

SCETV Highlights Columbia City of Women City of Women is a project by Historic Columbia and the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network.  This project connects Columbians to the legacies of our all-too-often undersung women leaders, whose contributions are woven into the fabric of this city.  In celebration of Women’s History Month, SCETV featured Columbia City