Category: Policy Updates

Leadership and Civic Engagement, News, Policy Updates

WREN Testimony in Support of H.3822 

by WREN Staff on Apr 15, 2021

This testimony was presented before the House Judiciary Election Laws Subcommittee on April 15, 2021  Thank you for the opportunity to submit written testimony to this committee. 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

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),

Health and Education, Leadership and Civic Engagement, Policy Updates

How To: Testify in Support of the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act

by Maya Ward on Feb 12, 2021

On Thursday, February 18th at 9:00 AM EST the House 3-M Social Services, Mental Health and Children’s Affairs subcommittee will have a hearing on H.3225, the South Carolina Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act. This bill would require hospitals, birthing centers, and any primary care health clinics in the state that deliver perinatal care to

Health and Education, News, Policy Updates

How To: Testify Against the Abortion Ban

Jan 8, 2021

On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 2:30pm or 30 minutes upon adjournment of the House, whichever is later, the SC House Constitutional Laws Subcommittee will meet to hear testimony on S.1, a 6-week abortion ban. South Carolina, we’ve seen this before, now it’s time to take action.  Members of the public will have the opportunity

COVID-19, Economic Opportunity, News, Policy Updates

The Fight for Paid Leave Continues in 2021

by WREN Staff on Jan 5, 2021

As of January 1st, while still in the middle of a public health emergency, Congress decided that emergency paid leave is no longer mandatory in the United States. 87 million workers have lost their guaranteed emergency leave amidst the worsening public health crisis and continued school closures.  Rather than extending the requirement for employers to

News, Policy Updates

Press Release: Governor McMaster, Advocates, Legislators agree—paid family leave is good for South Carolina

by WREN Staff on Dec 16, 2020

COLUMBIA, SC – Today, Representative Beth Bernstein will prefile a bill to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave to state employees. Bernstein’s bill will join Senator Darrell Jackson’s S.11 in explicitly providing paid family leave for state employees for the birth or adoption of a child. WREN applauds Senator Jackson and Representative Bernstein for

COVID-19, Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, Leadership and Civic Engagement, News, Policy Updates

WREN’s Gender Justice* Policy Agenda

Dec 11, 2020

WREN’s policy agenda framework is rooted in the principles of fairness, equity, and inclusiveness, so that all women, girls, and gender expansive** people —of every race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, family status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression – can prosper and thrive. It reflects the importance of policy that serves