Category: Health and Education

COVID-19, Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, News

Working Women at Higher Risk in School Reopening  

by WREN Staff on Aug 9, 2021

Columbia, SC- Today, Governor Henry McMaster held a press conference on COVID-19 and school reopening. Despite overwhelming evidence that masks are the most effective tool we have to curtail the surge in Covid infections among children, the Governor has refused to take decisive action. Unfortunately, his wishful thinking about “personal responsibility” will hurt children and

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education

Child Care Workers Emphasize Need for Wages, Benefits, and Respect

by WREN Staff on Jul 15, 2021

In a panel presentation, Dr. Amanda McDougald Scott presented findings from her research about the everyday lives of child care workers. The panel featured child care workers from around the state including Dellarekus Kelly “Mr.D” (he/his), Maria Johnson (she/her), Lynn Pollard (She/her), Alison Lister (she/her), Felicia O’Neal (she/her), Sarita Smith (she/her), Meredith Burton (she/her). Each

Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN Testimony in Opposition to S.811 

by WREN Staff on Jun 22, 2021

As prepared for Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee hearing on June 21, 2021. Thank you, Chairman Martin, and members of the subcommittee, for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Ann Warner and I am the CEO of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN). WREN is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a mission to build a

Health and Education, Partner

Betsy’s Testimony in Opposition to S.525

by Betsy La Force, Coastal Conservation League on Apr 22, 2021

This testimony was provided to WREN by Betsy La Force of the Coastal Conservation League. Betsy presented this testimony in front of the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs on April 22nd, 2021. “Thank you, Mr Chairman and members of the subcommittee, for the opportunity to speak today. I’m Betsy La Force

Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, News

New Report Confirms, South Carolina as Dangerous State for Women, Transgender People, Survivors with Disabilities

by WREN Staff on Apr 16, 2021

An increase in sexual and intimate partner violence reveals a systemic issue in reporting violence and the accessibility of care for transgender people and survivors with disabilities.  COLUMBIA, SC– South Carolina consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous states for women.  A new report from Able SC, SCCADVASA (the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual

Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, News, Policy Updates

Statement in Opposition to the “Save Women’s Sports Act” (H. 4153)

by WREN Staff on Apr 8, 2021

Testimony presented to the House Judiciary Special Laws Subcommittee on April 8, 2021.  Thank you, Chairman McCravy, and members of the subcommittee, for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Ashley Lidow, I use she/her pronouns, and I am the Director of Policy and Government Relations for the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN),

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, News

Ask WREN: What is the American Rescue Plan?

by Chloe Holowczenko, WREN Policy and Programs Assistant on Mar 23, 2021

When creating policies designed to address pandemic relief, women, especially women of color, need to be prioritized. Women are disproportionally impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and women of color have been hit the hardest. More than 2.3 million women have dropped out of the labor force since February 2020.   If women continue to remain out of the