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),


Newsletter|April 2021

by WREN Staff on Apr 7, 2021

The text below appeared in the April 2021 newsletter. To receive this in your inbox, join the network. Legislative Crossover Bills in the House and Senate face a crossover deadline of April 10.  This means they must pass 3rd reading in their original body to be considered by the other body this legislative year; otherwise,

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, News

Ask WREN: What is the American Rescue Plan?

by Chloe Holowczenko, WREN Policy and Programs Assistant on Mar 23, 2021

When creating policies designed to address pandemic relief, women, especially women of color, need to be prioritized. Women are disproportionally impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and women of color have been hit the hardest. More than 2.3 million women have dropped out of the labor force since February 2020.   If women continue to remain out of the

Economic Opportunity, Leadership and Civic Engagement

#EqualPay Week of Action

Mar 22, 2021

This week the WREN team will highlight the ways pay discrimination impacts women and gender expansive people. Though the wage gap is a persistent problem, there are ways we can all work toward solutions. Join us for a week of education and action! #SCWREN #EqualPay Add this frame to your Facebook profile photo and help

Leadership and Civic Engagement, News

WREN staff shares anti-racist work with TogetherSC

by WREN Staff on Mar 11, 2021

WREN staff members participated in the Together SC series, Removing Our Blinders. The team presented a Moving from Rhetoric to Action on Thursday, March 4. Our session addressed the ways in which racism and white supremacy affect team members, as individuals, the organization, and our extended network across South Carolina. Thank you to Ann Warner,


Celebrate International Women’s Day with WREN!

by WREN Staff on Mar 8, 2021

What is International Women’s Day? International Women’s Day or IWD is an annual celebration during Women’s History Month to: celebrate women’s achievements raise awareness about women’s equality lobby for accelerated gender parity fundraise for women’s organizations How can I celebrate? Support a woman-owned business Donate to an organization that supports women Learn more about the

Advocate Stories, News

Meet Maura

by WREN Staff on Mar 7, 2021

Maura Schray is a service-learning student from the University of South Carolina. She will join the WREN team and assist our Network Engagement Manager in the Spring 2021 semester. Learn more about the newest addition to our team below:  1. Where are you from? I am from Nazareth Pennsylvania, which is on the eastern edge


Press Release: State Superintendent Molly Spearman Urges SC Subcommittee to Reject H3477

by SC United for Justice and Equality on Mar 3, 2021

Today, during the South Carolina Special Laws subcommittee hearing on H3477, a bill that would prohibit transgender youth in middle and high school from participating in student athletics, powerful testimony was heard from supporters of transgender equality from all walks of life. Parents, medical providers, advocates, and transgender students directly impacted spoke virtually against the

Advocate Stories, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education

Statement in Opposition to H.3477

by WREN Staff on Feb 23, 2021

Testimony prepared by WREN CEO Ann Warner for the House Judiciary Special Laws subcommittee on February 23, 2021. “Thank you, Chairman McCravy, and members of the subcommittee, for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Ann Warner and I am the CEO of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization