Category: Advocate Stories

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, Policy Updates

Video Series: Using the Statehouse Website

by Megan Plassmeyer on Feb 7, 2018

We get it, the Statehouse website probably hasn’t made your list of most frequent stops.  Read below to see how you can better utilize this free resource, and become a #superadvocate this legislative session. You can also click here to access our Advocacy 101 Toolkit. Watch Live Video While the Statehouse website can’t stream movies

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity

Importance of Community Development Tax Credit

by Guest Author, Amber Stewart (SCACED) on Feb 6, 2018

Read below to learn from our guest author, Amber Stewart, Masters of Social Work Student Intern for the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development. Please join SCACED (South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development) in supporting the reauthorization of the Community Development (CD) Tax Credit; House Bill 3842 and Senate Bill 412. Every day,

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