Category: News

City of Women, News

Celebrating Women’s History Month

by WREN Staff on Mar 31, 2020

SCETV Highlights Columbia City of Women City of Women is a project by Historic Columbia and the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network.  This project connects Columbians to the legacies of our all-too-often undersung women leaders, whose contributions are woven into the fabric of this city.  In celebration of Women’s History Month, SCETV featured Columbia City

COVID-19, News

WREN’s Statement on COVID-19

by Ann Warner on Mar 20, 2020

We are #WRENthistogether! WREN launched in 2016 with a mission to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of the women, girls, and families of South Carolina. With you, we have expanded access to healthcare; we have increased protections for parents in the workplace; we have fought for pay equity and expanded access to paid leave;

News, Policy Updates

Legislative Update

by WREN Staff on Mar 12, 2020

Priority Legislation:   Paid leave (S. 997 & H. 5137)  These bills would provide state employees with 12 weeks of paid family leave. Paid leave has many public health benefits, including decreased infant mortality and improved physical and mental health of new parents. This policy will also improve employee retention, productivity, and morale. A recent

City of Women, Leadership and Civic Engagement, News

 Opinion: Putting Greenville Women on the Map

by Dr. Courtney Tollison on Mar 9, 2020

  On November 2nd of 1920, white women in Greenville went to the polls for the first time. After an approximately 80-year battle to gain the right to vote, one can only imagine the excitement and optimism that filled the air of polling stations across the nation. However, on this momentous occasion, the front page of the Greenville News simply read, “Women’s Votes to Make Counters’ Task Greater.”   One

Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, News

South Carolina Senate Advances Bill to Stop Shackling Pregnant People Who Are Incarcerated 

by Ali Titus, ACLU Policy and Communications Director on Mar 5, 2020

Criminal Justice and Reproductive Health Advocates Join Forces in Support of Passage FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2020 By a unanimous vote of 42-0, South Carolina Senators advanced legislation yesterday that seeks to limit the types of restraints used on pregnant people who are incarcerated and virtually abolish the practice of shackling people during labor, childbirth, and postpartum recovery. The legislation will return to the

Health and Education, Leadership and Civic Engagement, News

Dr. Kari Claudia Allen on Maternal Mortality

by Dr. Kari Claudia Allen on Feb 28, 2020

On Thursday, February 27, 2020 the House Subcommittee on Social Services, Mental Health, and Children’s Affairs met to hear testimony on H. 4712 (the South Carolina Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act).  Dr. Kari-Claudia Allen testified and encouraged legislators to vote in favor of the bill. Dr. Allen’s testimony begins at 3:20 in this video,

Leadership and Civic Engagement, News, Uncategorized

2020: Looking Ahead

by Wren Staff on Jan 8, 2020

South Carolina runs on 2 year legislative cycles and 2020 marks the beginning of the second year. The first day of session will begin on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Here are a few tips to prepare for this session:   1. Download the SC Legislature App   This mobile app makes staying connected during the

News

Meet Kate

by Wren Team on Dec 13, 2019

Our nest is getting bigger! Meet WREN’s newest staff member and Director of Development, Kate Mayer.   Where are you from? I was born and raised in Greenville, SC and bounced around the Upstate after graduating from South Carolina. I finally landed back in Columbia about three and a half years ago.   What did

News, Special Events

2020 WREN Summit Call for Submissions

Dec 4, 2019

WREN is now accepting presentation submissions for our 2020 Summit on April 6, 2020, at the Columbia Museum of Art. Calling all innovators! As we explore the theme of Mobilizing the Movement, we are seeking submissions from folks who are advocating in pursuit of gender equity in South Carolina, and seek to educate and activate

Advocate Stories, News

Breaking: Alicia Garza,Fatima Goss Graves, and Brittany Packnett to Keynote Lowcountry Forum

by Melissa Moore on Nov 7, 2019

Hurry! Only a limited number of tickets available so CLICK HERE to get your tickets! Announcing Keynote speakers, Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter and BlackFuturesLab, Fatima Goss Graves, CEO of National Women’s Law Center, and Brittany Packnett of Pod Save the People, Ferguson Uprising, and Campaign Zero for “Building Together: Harnessing Our Power for Gender Equity“ WREN