Advocate Stories, Special Events

#Me Too: A Community Response to Sexual Assault Overview

by Ann Warner on Dec 6, 2017

Last night, WREN was honored to collaborate with the Richland Library to host an event called “Me Too: A Community Response to Sexual Harassment.”  I was so proud of this community – about 140 brave women and men came forward to participate in a conversation about how we can change our society for the better.

Advocate Stories, Special Events

Thank You For Supporting WREN on #GivingTuesday

by Lara Winburn on Dec 1, 2017

Another Giving Tuesday has passed. You received approximately 3 million emails asking you to “chip in,” “give now,” and “help us meet our goals.” I am sure there were many important, meaningful, and necessary organizations vying for your Giving Tuesday love. I want to thank you if you chose to invest in WREN this year.

Health and Education

Federal Rules Attack Access to Contraception

by WREN Staff on Nov 21, 2017

We must challenge policies and executive orders that take away critical reproductive health coverage or weaken our healthcare system.   The Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped to close gaps in access to care by increasing the number of people with insurance and advancing protections for the services that people need.  The ACA also expanded the availability

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Health and Education

Be the Voice

by Eme Crawford on Nov 21, 2017

We know better than most the huge number of barriers that people in South Carolina face when they need to access reproductive health services, including contraception and abortion care. We are working hard to push back against new restrictions and push for policies that support women’s health and well-being. In fact, WREN’s Ann Warner just had a

Advocate Stories, Special Events

WREN Launches Be the Voice

by Eme Crawford on Nov 21, 2017

We know better than most the huge number of barriers that people in South Carolina face when they need to access reproductive health services, including contraception and abortion care. We are working hard to push back against new restrictions and push for policies that support women’s health and well-being. In fact, WREN’s Ann Warner just had a

Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, Leadership and Civic Engagement

Tremendous Impact: A Look at Wren’s First Year

by Eme Crawford on Nov 20, 2017

You and 27,000 WREN members are building a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women and girls. You donated. You volunteered your time. You made calls and sent emails to your elected officials. You enabled WREN to: Mobilize Citizens & Organizations to Take Action 1,900 people participated in advocacy

Advocate Stories

Staley Deserves Fair Compensation

by Mandy Medlock on Nov 20, 2017

I adore our South Carolina Gamecocks! I especially love reveling in the recent successes of the Women’s and Men’s Basketball programs. What a tremendous turnaround Coach Dawn Staley and Coach Frank Martin have provided to our beloved university’s basketball programs. I admire both coaches and all of their accomplishments at South Carolina, so I decided

Policy Updates

What’s a Veto?

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Nov 13, 2017

On June 12 the Governor reviewed the state budget and vetoed[1] items that he disapproved of. Vetoing is a power that is given to a governor or president to reject a policy from the legislature. In the statement on why he was issuing those vetoes, he stated that South Carolina is on the edge of

Freedom from Violence, Leadership and Civic Engagement

The Few and Fierce

by Megan Plassmeyer on Nov 13, 2017

For some, the “Me Too” campaign prompted an alarming realization that sexual assault happens within our communities. Yet for most of us, particularly women, it served as a reminder that none of us are immune or insulated from this behavior. We weren’t shocked by what we read because what we read was not new to