Advocate Stories, Be The Voice, COVID-19, Health and Education

A Message from the Front Line

by Dr. Jessica Tarleton, MD, MPH on Mar 27, 2020

As physicians, we are used to sometimes working in gray areas. We may feel internal unease when we counsel a patient that we are not sure whether this treatment or that will be better, but we or our patients must choose.  The gray areas of these days, though, feel different. There is duality of telling

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

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Columbia City of Women to Honor New Class of Leaders

by WREN Staff on Mar 5, 2020

Join us on International Women’s Day as we reveal eight new women as the 2020 class of Columbia City of Women honorees. On March 31, 2019, Former First Lady of South Carolina Rachel Hodges, WREN, and Historic Columbia introduced Columbia City of Women, a very special initiative to put women in their (rightful) place —

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education

WREN Statement in Support of Paid Family Leave

by WREN Staff on Mar 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WREN Statement in Support of Paid Family Leave COLUMBIA, SC– WREN supports efforts to bring gender equity to the essential roles of working and caregiving. Paid leave would provide people of all genders with the ability to work and care for their families. This policy is essential to a healthy and functioning

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,

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Meet Kayla

by WREN Staff on Feb 21, 2020

  Our nest is getting bigger! Meet WREN’s newest staff member and Network Engagement Manager, Kayla Mallet. 1. Where are you from?  The Mighty Metropolis of Manning, South Carolina – Clarendon County. 2. What did you do before coming to WREN? Prior to joining this team, I coordinated a statewide panel of citizens who were