SC General Assembly to Begin Legislative Prefile

by Ashley Crary Lidow, MPH on Nov 4, 2021

The South Carolina General Assembly’s second year of the 124th Legislative Session will begin on January 11, 2022.  Before we can talk about January, we need to get through the legislative prefile dates. Prefiling is the introduction and referral to a committee of Bills prior to a legislative session.  For the 2022 Legislative Session the House

COVID-19, Economic Opportunity, Gender Justice

Paid Leave Must Be Gender Inclusive

by Ashley Crary Lidow, MPH on Oct 19, 2021

Recently, stigma around paid parental leave and men taking paid leave has come in to mainstream conversations after some individuals mocked Pete Buttigieg for taking time to care for his children. The unfortunate stigma around men taking parental leave continues to harm family health and workplace equality. Men most often forgo parental leave or take

Gender Justice

We rallied for Abortion Justice. Here’s what we do next.

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Oct 5, 2021

On Saturday, October 2nd over 300 people came out to MLK park in Columbia, joining the thousands of people across the state to rally for abortion justice. What does Abortion Justice mean?   Abortion Justice is a phrase coined by our friends at All* Above All that recognizes that racism, economic insecurity, and immigration status

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN Testimony to the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Sep 23, 2021

This testimony was presented on WREN ‘s behalf by our Director of Policy and Government Relations, Ashley Crary Lidow, at the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children Hearing, September 23rd, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Members of the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children,  Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony. My name


Now Hiring: Development Manager

by WREN Staff on Sep 14, 2021

Compensation & Benefits Salary range: $48,000 – $65,000, depending on experience and qualifications. Competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, paid time off and holidays, contribution to retirement plan, and support for professional development. Hybrid remote work structure  Overview of Position The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) is a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan organization with a

Gender Justice, Leadership and Civic Engagement

Apply for the Gender Justice Advocacy Fellowship!

by Kayla Bacote on Sep 14, 2021

The South Carolina Gender Justice Advocacy Fellowship is a 6-month-long learning experience hosted by WREN. A first-of-its kind program in our state, the fellowship’s first cohort of advocates will begin meeting monthly in January 2021.  The Fellowship will provide a space for participants to reimagine advocacy in a way which reflects a broader representation of

Gender Justice

What is Gender Justice?

by WREN Staff on Sep 2, 2021

What is Gender Justice? WREN has made a commitment to being an organization dedicated to Gender Justice, but it’s important to understand what Gender Justice actually means. Follow along with the images below to learn more about how WREN defines Gender Justice, and how it impacts the work we do every day. More of an

Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education

Make your voice heard to support SC children: Sign up to testify at the fall 2021 Children’s Committee Hearings

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Sep 2, 2021

Are you passionate about the welfare of children in South Carolina? If so, you should consider testifying at the fall 2021 Children’s Committee hearings across the state. This is an amazing opportunity to provide information to legislators from the House and Senate, as well as key stakeholders who shape many policies that affect the children

City of Women, News

Release: Columbia City of Women Announced new Honorees 

by WREN Staff on Aug 28, 2021

The women’s history project honored notable women like Malissa Burnette, Esq and Dr. Bambi Gaddist in their class of 2021 honorees.  Columbia, S.C. — On Thursday, August 26, 2021, Historic Columbia and The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) hosted an event to celebrate She Did Day and announced new honorees for the City of Women project.   The

Health and Education, News

WREN Statement on DHEC Mask Recommendations

by WREN Staff on Aug 20, 2021

Columbia, SC– Today, the Department of Health and Environmental Control made it clear that we are in a public health crisis, and that the best way to keep our kids healthy and safe is to ensure that they are wearing masks inside of schools. Despite this clear and compelling evidence, the Governor continues to stand