Category: Advocate Stories

Advocate Stories, Special Events

Be a Part of Our Journey

by Megan Plassmeyer on Jan 28, 2018

Exhibition Timeline Through Seen and Heard, “photovoice” methodology was used as a means of expressing the opportunities and barriers that women, girls, and gender minorities face within the Midlands region.  Our first exhibition of project photography and videography opened at Tapp’s Art Center on February 1st. Since then, project photos have become a catalyst for

Advocate Stories, Special Events

Women’s March Unifies State

by Megan Plassmeyer on Jan 22, 2018

This weekend, South Carolinians gathered for the anniversary of last year’s Women’s March on Washington and to call for electoral justice, dedicated to civil rights activist Septima P. Clark.  From rallies in Charleston, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, organizers stood for empowerment, equality, and centering the voices of those who often go unheard. Read below to see

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

2018 Advocacy Asks

by Ashley Lidow on Jan 2, 2018

I don’t know about y’all, but I am ready to make 2018 the year of positive change. Looking back at 2017 it felt as if we were taking hit after hit and I am ready to go on the offense! The best way I know how to start making positive change is to make my

Advocate Stories

New WAGE Group

by Brandi Ellison on Dec 20, 2017

As someone born and raised in South Carolina, I am proud of our commitment to bringing jobs into our state and find myself dreaming about how this could help accelerate the economic mobility of our communities, especially for women and girls. As South Carolina faces a future labor shortage, we must examine the hidden potential

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

Meet Me at the Statehouse

by Megan Plassmeyer on Dec 19, 2017

Ready to connect with lawmakers this legislative session but aren’t sure how to make that first connection? The WREN staff have opened their calendars to our advocates this year and are free to meet you at the Statehouse every fourth Wednesday of the month through April. During these meet-ups, we’ll help you connect in-person with

Advocate Stories

Happy Holidays from WREN

by Megan Plassmeyer on Dec 19, 2017

This holiday season, we want to thank you for contributing your time and talents to our work and community.  Your voice has fueled a movement to ensure that women and families in our state have what they need to be healthy and economically secure. Cheers to a new year and the resiliency of advocates like you.

Advocate Stories, Special Events

WREN’s Seen and Heard Project to Launch Inaugural Exhibit

by Megan Plassmeyer on Dec 15, 2017

WREN will open Seen and Heard, a free exhibition at Tapp’s Art Center (1644 Main St.), featuring photography and portraiture by a diverse group of women, gender minorities, and girls from across the Midlands region on February 1-22, 2018. This dynamic exhibit is the premier event in a series of eight unique gallery openings across

Advocate Stories, Special Events

#Me Too: A Community Response to Sexual Assault Overview

by Ann Warner on Dec 6, 2017

Last night, WREN was honored to collaborate with the Richland Library to host an event called “Me Too: A Community Response to Sexual Harassment.”  I was so proud of this community – about 140 brave women and men came forward to participate in a conversation about how we can change our society for the better.

Advocate Stories, Special Events

Thank You For Supporting WREN on #GivingTuesday

by Lara Winburn on Dec 1, 2017

Another Giving Tuesday has passed. You received approximately 3 million emails asking you to “chip in,” “give now,” and “help us meet our goals.” I am sure there were many important, meaningful, and necessary organizations vying for your Giving Tuesday love. I want to thank you if you chose to invest in WREN this year.

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Health and Education

Be the Voice

by Eme Crawford on Nov 21, 2017

We know better than most the huge number of barriers that people in South Carolina face when they need to access reproductive health services, including contraception and abortion care. We are working hard to push back against new restrictions and push for policies that support women’s health and well-being. In fact, WREN’s Ann Warner just had a