Category: Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunity

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

Economic Opportunity

Financial Safety Online

by Guest Author, Laird Green (Abacus Planning Group) on Aug 3, 2018

For WREN’s First Financial Friday in August, we sat down with Laird Greene of Abacus Planning Group to discuss financial safety online. If you missed it, or you need a recap, you can watch the full discussion here:   And here’s Laird’s recap with some important tips: We continue to hear about major retailers and

Economic Opportunity

#FirstFinancialFriday: Traveling on a Budget

by Sarah Nichols on Jul 6, 2018

Now that it’s summertime, it seems that traveling is on everyone’s minds. And we can’t blame them. Because of this, we focused our #FirstFinancialFriday Facebook Live discussion on traveling on a budget. Thanks to Bethany Griffith and our friends at Abacus Planning Group, we were able to share with our followers insider tips and tricks

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, Policy Updates

SC Narrowly Avoids 34 Million Dollar Budget Cut to Family Planning Services

by Megan Plassmeyer on Apr 13, 2018

This week, the South Carolina Senate debated the state budget, specifically addressing four amendments that would have been extremely harmful for women across the state. Unlike Gov. McMaster’s executive order issued last summer that was designed to block state agencies from paying state or local taxpayer money to doctor’s or medical practices that provide abortions,

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Special Events

2018 WREN Summit Highlights

by Megan Plassmeyer on Apr 11, 2018

On April 9th-10th, 2018,  the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) hosted their annual summit at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and USC Alumni Center. Registrants had the opportunity to engage in conversation with diverse business owners, community leaders, students, and advocates, while taking part in hands-on skill building activities designed to address and increase

Economic Opportunity, Policy Updates

The Impact of Breast Feeding

by Carson Cook on Mar 5, 2018

The benefits of breastfeeding to mom and infant are well documented and The American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the US Surgeon General recommend that infants be breastfed exclusively for the first 6-months of life and breastmilk should remain a part of their diet at least up