Category: News

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

FDA Medication Abortion Change – What it Means for South Carolina.

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Dec 21, 2021

Quick Background on Medication Abortion AKA the “abortion pill”:  “Abortion pill” is the common name for using two different medicines to end a pregnancy: mifepristone and misoprostol.  First, you take a pill called mifepristone. Pregnancy needs a hormone called progesterone to grow normally. Mifepristone blocks your body’s own progesterone, stopping the pregnancy from growing.  Then

Gender Justice, News

First Class of South Carolina Gender Justice Advocacy Fellows Announced

by WREN Staff on Nov 29, 2021

We are so excited to announce the inaugural class of the South Carolina Gender Justice Advocacy Fellowship (GJAF)! Our fellows will complete a 6-month-long program designed to reimagine advocacy to reflect a broader representation of our communities’ perspectives and experiences. Fellows will gain access to tools and skills needed to influence public policy in South


SC General Assembly to Begin Legislative Prefile

by Ashley Crary Lidow, MPH on Nov 4, 2021

The South Carolina General Assembly’s second year of the 124th Legislative Session will begin on January 11, 2022.  Before we can talk about January, we need to get through the legislative prefile dates. Prefiling is the introduction and referral to a committee of Bills prior to a legislative session.  For the 2022 Legislative Session the House


Now Hiring: Development Manager

by WREN Staff on Sep 14, 2021

Compensation & Benefits Salary range: $48,000 – $65,000, depending on experience and qualifications. Competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, paid time off and holidays, contribution to retirement plan, and support for professional development. Hybrid remote work structure  Overview of Position The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) is a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan organization with a

City of Women, News

Release: Columbia City of Women Announced new Honorees 

by WREN Staff on Aug 28, 2021

The women’s history project honored notable women like Malissa Burnette, Esq and Dr. Bambi Gaddist in their class of 2021 honorees.  Columbia, S.C. — On Thursday, August 26, 2021, Historic Columbia and The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) hosted an event to celebrate She Did Day and announced new honorees for the City of Women project.   The

Health and Education, News

WREN Statement on DHEC Mask Recommendations

by WREN Staff on Aug 20, 2021

Columbia, SC– Today, the Department of Health and Environmental Control made it clear that we are in a public health crisis, and that the best way to keep our kids healthy and safe is to ensure that they are wearing masks inside of schools. Despite this clear and compelling evidence, the Governor continues to stand

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


Now Hiring: Administrative Assistant

by WREN Staff on Jul 28, 2021

This position is closed. Position Overview The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is building a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of women, girls, gender expansive people, and their families in South Carolina. This will be a part-time (20-25 hours per week), non-exempt position

Leadership and Civic Engagement, News

Do you want to teach Advocacy 101?

by WREN Staff on Jun 3, 2021

WREN provides Advocacy 101 training to build the strength and knowledge of our network.  This training includes information about the legislative process and how individuals can get involved with advocacy at the state house. Check out our latest training below and contact us at to schedule a training session! If you enjoyed the Advocacy