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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

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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

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2020: Looking Ahead

by Wren Staff on Jan 8, 2020

South Carolina runs on 2 year legislative cycles and 2020 marks the beginning of the second year. The first day of session will begin on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Here are a few tips to prepare for this session:   1. Download the SC Legislature App   This mobile app makes staying connected during the

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Meet Chloe

by Wren Team on Dec 13, 2019

1. Where are you from? Originally, I was born in Boulder, Colorado, but I’ve lived in Charleston, South Carolina since I was two. I like Columbia more than Charleston, which is a very unpopular opinion.   2. What did you do previously before coming to WREN? Before this position, I was at South Carolina Farm

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Meet Kate

by Wren Team on Dec 13, 2019

Our nest is getting bigger! Meet WREN’s newest staff member and Director of Development, Kate Mayer.   Where are you from? I was born and raised in Greenville, SC and bounced around the Upstate after graduating from South Carolina. I finally landed back in Columbia about three and a half years ago.   What did

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Data Reveal Multiple Barriers to Gender Justice in South Carolina

by Wren Staff on Dec 12, 2019

In collaboration with the National Women’s Law Center, WREN released a report that reveals multiple barriers to gender justice. As a result of a history of discriminatory practices, women in South Carolina face disparities based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  This report focuses on a host of issues that illustrate the barriers

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2020 WREN Summit Call for Submissions

Dec 4, 2019

WREN is now accepting presentation submissions for our 2020 Summit on April 6, 2020, at the Columbia Museum of Art. Calling all innovators! As we explore the theme of Mobilizing the Movement, we are seeking submissions from folks who are advocating in pursuit of gender equity in South Carolina, and seek to educate and activate