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

Advocate Stories

Work with WREN!

by Communications and Learning Team on Oct 30, 2017

It’s internship time at WREN! See below for details about working with WREN’s Communication and Learning Team and WREN’s Development Team. Position: Communications Intern Type: Part-Time Compensation: Paid Position Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and social media samples to jobs@scwren.org by December 1. Description: The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN)

Health and Education, Policy Updates

“Beginning with Conception”: Why Definitions Matter

by Eme Crawford on Oct 27, 2017

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released their strategic plan that included the definition of life as “beginning with conception.” This is a troubling inclusion for many reasons. We should each have the ability to answer the question of when life begins based on our own beliefs, values and faith

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

My Off-Session Agenda

by Ashley Lidow on Oct 18, 2017

Here at WREN it is my job to educate our South Carolina policymakers about the challenges and opportunities the women and girls of South Carolina face. In other words, I lobby at the Statehouse. Since the legislative session runs from January until May this is the time of year when people ask me “What do

Advocate Stories, Special Events

Volunteers Needed : Photovoice Project

by Megan Plassmeyer on Oct 10, 2017

As the Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands project continues, we’ve seen an outpouring of images and interviews that truly speak to the experiences that women and girls face within Richland County. As we start designing and planning exhibits for 2018, we’ll need the help of community members in order to make these events

Special Events

Calling 2018 WREN Summit Presenters

by Eme Crawford on Oct 3, 2017

WREN is now accepting submissions for panel presentations and break out sessions for our 2018 summit in April, in downtown Columbia.  Our focus this year is the economic empowerment of women. Click here to see examples of panels and breakout sessions from last year’s summit. Panel presentation proposals should include 3-4 presenters whose work is

Advocate Stories

Sneak Peak: Seen & Heard Photovoice Project

by Megan Plassmeyer on Sep 28, 2017

Since the Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands project launch on August 22nd, five groups of women and girls from Richland County have met and started capturing photographs that represent the opportunities and barriers faced by their communities. Next week our groups will begin unveiling their first series of photographs within their congregations.  But why photography?

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

Jacqueline Mayorga: “I’m Here to Stay.”

by Megan Plassmeyer on Sep 7, 2017

WREN stands with the Dreamers of South Carolina. Learn more about the story of a Dreamer in our community and how you can take action. Jacqueline Mayorga is a dreamer in every sense of the word. Her parents, undocumented immigrants from Mexico, brought her to South Carolina when she was just three years old. Since