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

Be The Voice, Gender Justice, Health and Education, Uncategorized

What is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization?

by Ashley Crary Lidow & Maya Ward on Dec 8, 2021

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the most consequential abortion rights case in generations. In Dobbs, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a Mississippi abortion ban that directly challenges Roe v. Wade.  Historical Overview:  Roe v. Wade: Landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the constitutional right to abortion before fetal viability.  To be

Advocate Stories, Gender Justice, Health and Education

“Abortion is a good thing”

by Maya Ward on Dec 2, 2021

On December 1, 2021, Maya Ward, WREN’s Communications and Development Associate spoke at a rally in Washington, DC in support of abortion justice. She joined hundreds of other advocates from all around the country in front of the Supreme Court as the justices heard oral arguments for the Mississippi Abortion Ban.   Read her remarks

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

COVID-19, Economic Opportunity, Gender Justice

Paid Leave Must Be Gender Inclusive

by Ashley Crary Lidow, MPH on Oct 19, 2021

Recently, stigma around paid parental leave and men taking paid leave has come in to mainstream conversations after some individuals mocked Pete Buttigieg for taking time to care for his children. The unfortunate stigma around men taking parental leave continues to harm family health and workplace equality. Men most often forgo parental leave or take

Gender Justice

We rallied for Abortion Justice. Here’s what we do next.

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Oct 5, 2021

On Saturday, October 2nd over 300 people came out to MLK park in Columbia, joining the thousands of people across the state to rally for abortion justice. What does Abortion Justice mean?   Abortion Justice is a phrase coined by our friends at All* Above All that recognizes that racism, economic insecurity, and immigration status

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN Testimony to the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Sep 23, 2021

This testimony was presented on WREN ‘s behalf by our Director of Policy and Government Relations, Ashley Crary Lidow, at the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children Hearing, September 23rd, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Members of the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children,  Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony. My name


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

Gender Justice, Leadership and Civic Engagement

Apply for the Gender Justice Advocacy Fellowship!

by Kayla Bacote on Sep 14, 2021

The South Carolina Gender Justice Advocacy Fellowship is a 6-month-long learning experience hosted by WREN. A first-of-its kind program in our state, the fellowship’s first cohort of advocates will begin meeting monthly in January 2021.  The Fellowship will provide a space for participants to reimagine advocacy in a way which reflects a broader representation of