Category: Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunity, Research

South Carolina’s Gender Wealth Gap

by WREN Staff on Jun 10, 2020

Description: This brief aims to raise awareness and inspire action to close the gap and advance prosperity in South Carolina. It defines the gender and racial wealth gap; quantifies the gap in South Carolina; highlights some of the factors that create and perpetuate it; and offers high-level policy recommendations.  Disclosures: Analysis conducted by Jessie

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education

WREN Statement in Support of Paid Family Leave

by WREN Staff on Mar 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WREN Statement in Support of Paid Family Leave COLUMBIA, SC– WREN supports efforts to bring gender equity to the essential roles of working and caregiving. Paid leave would provide people of all genders with the ability to work and care for their families. This policy is essential to a healthy and functioning

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN’s 2019 Legislative Session Update

by WREN Staff on Jun 4, 2019

The legislature adjourned the 1st regular session of the 123rd South Carolina General Assembly in May. While many of the state’s priorities for the year are left unfinished, WREN made progress in advancing issues affecting women, girls, and families, and successfully stopped a 6-week abortion ban for this year. The two-year session of the SC

Economic Opportunity, News, Policy Updates

Pay Equity Press Conference

by Megan Plassmeyer on Jan 15, 2019

WREN, alongside Representative Wendy Brawley, hosted a Statehouse gathering and press conference today to announce support of the Act to Establish Pay Equity. “Today is the day we make a pledge to do everything in our power to prevent gender and racial pay disparities,” said Representative Wendy Brawley. “I ask my colleagues and community members

Economic Opportunity, Policy Updates

Comments needed for Medicaid Waiver

by Ashley Lidow on Jan 8, 2019

South Carolina officials are proposing that very low-income parents and caregivers who qualify for Medicaid fulfill new reporting requirements to show they are working at least 80 hours a month or participating in job-training or volunteer activities. If they do not, they face the loss of their health coverage. The state is seeking a Section

Economic Opportunity, Policy Updates

All About the ERA

by Ashley Lidow on Jan 4, 2019

As the 2019 Legislative Session approaches, we are watching closely to see what bills are introduced in the South Carolina legislature. A bill to ratify the ERA was prefiled (introduced prior to the official start of session) by Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter. So what is the ERA? ERA stands for Equal Rights Amendment and it would

Economic Opportunity

Upward Mobility in the Upstate

by Anna Brannigan on Nov 16, 2018

For one of our recent Facebook Live Fridays, we were joined by Faith Adedokun from the Network for Southern Economic Mobility (NSEM).  She and Courtney Thomas went live to discuss economic mobility in the Upstate.  NSEM is a group of Southern communities, formed in order to bring cities together and figure out how to move

Economic Opportunity

First Financial Friday: IRAs

by Nancy Jones on Oct 15, 2018

On September 7, 2018 WREN hosted one of its #FirstFinancialFridays, talking about saving for retirement with Eileen Stevens of Abacus Planning Group. The discussion answered many common questions about IRAs and 401ks and the best way to ensure that you will be able to live comfortably without working for the rest of your life. Watch

Economic Opportunity, Special Events

Call for Submissions: 2019 WREN Summit

by Eme Crawford on Oct 11, 2018

“If we continue on the current path, women will not receive equal pay to men until 2059… [A]nd if the rate of progress of electing women to statewide office continues at the same pace as it has since 1975, it will be 200 years before we reach gender parity in South Carolina. So what do

Economic Opportunity, Special Events

Give the Gift of Inclusion

by Courtney Thomas on Sep 27, 2018

Hey, there.   As the Upstate Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit approaches, I have a favor to ask of you. Yes, you, dear reader. When you join us at Furman on November 9th, you’ll get the opportunity to be an active voice and leader in group conversations and movement-building exercises. Together, we’ll be able to think through new