Economic Opportunity

Upward Mobility in the Upstate

by Anna Brannigan on Nov 16, 2018

For one of our recent Facebook Live Fridays, we were joined by Faith Adedokun from the Network for Southern Economic Mobility (NSEM).  She and Courtney Thomas went live to discuss economic mobility in the Upstate.  NSEM is a group of Southern communities, formed in order to bring cities together and figure out how to move

Freedom from Violence, Special Events

Transgender Day of Remembrance.

by Nyomi Guzman on Nov 15, 2018

This Tuesday, November 20th, WREN will be observing Transgender Day of Remembrance. Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999, as a way to remember trans people whose lives were taken as a result of anti-trans violence in the last year around the world. Trans Day of Remembrance is recognized through a memorial.

Leadership and Civic Engagement, News

More Women at the Table: Midterm Election Updates

by Ashley Lidow on Nov 7, 2018

The results are in and we at WREN have been closely watching the midterms to see who will represent us at the SC Statehouse and beyond. Reports are showing that there was incredible voter turnout with the SC Elections Commission estimating more the 55.7% of voters casting ballots this cycle. That is the second highest

Advocate Stories

HalloWREN

by Megan Plassmeyer on Oct 31, 2018

In honor of Halloween, WREN staffers dressed up as femme icons, super-heroes-we-wish- existed, historical leaders, and more.  Read below to see some of our spooky looks, and be sure to tag us in a picture of your #FeministHalloween #HalloWREN costume on FB, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ll be sure to reshare your look!   Courtney Thomas

Leadership and Civic Engagement

Voter Participation with Charleston Activist Network

by Nancy Jones on Oct 30, 2018

On September 21, 2018, WREN sat down with Tamika Gadsden, founder of the Charleston Activist Network (CAN), to discuss advocacy for marginalized populations, the voting system, and how to hold your candidates and representatives accountable. Charleston Activist Network is a non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization based out of Charleston that grew out of the Charleston Sister

Advocate Stories

Seven Questions with Nyomi

by WREN Staff on Oct 25, 2018

Our nest is getting bigger! Meet WREN’s newest staff member and Development Associate, Nyomi Guzman. 1.Where are you from? I was born in New Hampshire and lived there for most of my life before moving to South Carolina. I received my bachelors in Women Studies and Communication with minors in Queer Studies and Race &

Special Events

Upstate Summit Destination Guide

by WREN Staff on Oct 22, 2018

We are less than a month out from our inaugural Upstate Summit on women’s economic empowerment, and there’s a lot to be excited about. For the first time, movers and shakers in the Upstate will be convening with the WREN nest to discuss, strategize and workshop what an equitable future would look like for the

Advocate Stories, Freedom from Violence

Facebook Live Recap: Surviving Sexual Assault

by Nancy Jones on Oct 16, 2018

Ashley Thomas is the founder of an organization called The Hive Community Circle, a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides advocacy, support, and prevention and education services centered around sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The Hive works with the underserved populations of women and girls in and around Columbia, SC, mostly African American females, fulfilling

Economic Opportunity

First Financial Friday: IRAs

by Nancy Jones on Oct 15, 2018

On September 7, 2018 WREN hosted one of its #FirstFinancialFridays, talking about saving for retirement with Eileen Stevens of Abacus Planning Group. The discussion answered many common questions about IRAs and 401ks and the best way to ensure that you will be able to live comfortably without working for the rest of your life. Watch

Economic Opportunity, Special Events

Call for Submissions: 2019 WREN Summit

by Eme Crawford on Oct 11, 2018

“If we continue on the current path, women will not receive equal pay to men until 2059… [A]nd if the rate of progress of electing women to statewide office continues at the same pace as it has since 1975, it will be 200 years before we reach gender parity in South Carolina. So what do