Category: Economic Opportunity

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Support Women in SC: Woman-Owned Businesses in the Upstate

by Courtney Thomas on Aug 29, 2018

After our Midlands and our Charleston blog posts, we probably don’t need to convince you that women-owned businesses are important, right? There are about 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the US—approximately 164,000 of those from South Carolina. And as always, they need our support. Here are some of the women-owned businesses in the Upstate that

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Support Women in SC: Women-Owned Businesses in the Lowcountry

by Sarah Nichols on Aug 29, 2018

Charleston, South Carolina is nationally praised for being a beautiful, unique city. But do you know what else it is? An up-and-coming hub for women-owned businesses. In 2011, Charleston County had the highest rates in South Carolina for women-owned businesses. Statewide, women-owned businesses bring in about $16 billion. As we can see, supporting women means

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The Glaring Pay Gap in Professional Basketball

by Carrie Lee Lancaster on Aug 21, 2018

It’s no surprise that a legacy of gender disparities continues in this country. A trending and polemical conversation has been ongoing about the gap between women’s and men’s earnings for years. The gender pay gap is prevalent at each stage of women’s careers, from entry-level to executive positions. And this pattern is no different even