Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, Leadership and Civic Engagement

Tremendous Impact: A Look at Wren’s First Year

by Eme Crawford on Nov 20, 2017

You and 27,000 WREN members are building a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women and girls. You donated. You volunteered your time. You made calls and sent emails to your elected officials. You enabled WREN to: Mobilize Citizens & Organizations to Take Action 1,900 people participated in advocacy… Read more

Economic Opportunity, Special Events

The Economic Impact of Increasing Women’s Participation in the Workforce

by WREN Staff on Nov 20, 2017

Last week we spent some time with Dr. Joseph Von Nessen to discuss our report we released at WREN’s 2017 Summit that analyzes women’s workforce participation in South Carolina. There is a significant, projected workforce shortage in South Carolina over the next decade. By addressing this workforce need, women have the opportunity to create a net… Read more

Advocate Stories

Staley Deserves Fair Compensation

by Mandy Medlock on Nov 20, 2017

I adore our South Carolina Gamecocks! I especially love reveling in the recent successes of the Women’s and Men’s Basketball programs. What a tremendous turnaround Coach Dawn Staley and Coach Frank Martin have provided to our beloved university’s basketball programs. I admire both coaches and all of their accomplishments at South Carolina, so I decided… Read more

Policy Updates

What’s a Veto?

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Nov 13, 2017

On June 12 the Governor reviewed the state budget and vetoed[1] items that he disapproved of. Vetoing is a power that is given to a governor or president to reject a policy from the legislature. In the statement on why he was issuing those vetoes, he stated that South Carolina is on the edge of… Read more

Freedom from Violence, Leadership and Civic Engagement

The Few and Fierce

by Megan Plassmeyer on Nov 13, 2017

For some, the “Me Too” campaign prompted an alarming realization that sexual assault happens within our communities. Yet for most of us, particularly women, it served as a reminder that none of us are immune or insulated from this behavior. We weren’t shocked by what we read because what we read was not new to… Read more

Advocate Stories

Work with WREN!

by Communications and Learning Team on Oct 30, 2017

It’s internship time at WREN! See below for details about working with WREN’s Communication and Learning Team and WREN’s Development Team. Position: Communications Intern Type: Part-Time Compensation: Paid Position Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and social media samples to by December 1. Description: The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN)… Read more

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

My Off-Session Agenda

by Ashley Lidow on Oct 18, 2017

Here at WREN it is my job to educate our South Carolina policymakers about the challenges and opportunities the women and girls of South Carolina face. In other words, I lobby at the Statehouse. Since the legislative session runs from January until May this is the time of year when people ask me “What do… Read more

Advocate Stories, Special Events

Volunteers Needed : Photovoice Project

by Megan Plassmeyer on Oct 10, 2017

As the Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands project continues, we’ve seen an outpouring of images and interviews that truly speak to the experiences that women and girls face within Richland County. As we start designing and planning exhibits for 2018, we’ll need the help of community members in order to make these events… Read more

Special Events

Calling 2018 WREN Summit Presenters

by Eme Crawford on Oct 3, 2017

WREN is now accepting submissions for panel presentations and break out sessions for our 2018 summit in April, in downtown Columbia.  Our focus this year is the economic empowerment of women. Click here to see examples of panels and breakout sessions from last year’s summit. Panel presentation proposals should include 3-4 presenters whose work is… Read more