Policy Updates

Believe Survivors.

by Ann Warner on Sep 28, 2018

Statement from Ann Warner, CEO, WREN This week we witnessed the courage of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as she shared her experience of sexual assault before the Senate Judiciary Committee. As we watched her, we carry our histories with us: we remember the strength of Professor Anita Hill years ago when she came forward with her story of

Economic Opportunity, Special Events

Give the Gift of Inclusion

by Courtney Thomas on Sep 27, 2018

Hey, there.   As the Upstate Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit approaches, I have a favor to ask of you. Yes, you, dear reader. When you join us at Furman on November 9th, you’ll get the opportunity to be an active voice and leader in group conversations and movement-building exercises. Together, we’ll be able to think through new

Advocate Stories, Special Events

SC Walkout: Support Dr. Blasey Ford

by Megan Plassmeyer on Sep 25, 2018

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has bravely come forward and shared her story about her sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Even though Dr. Blasey Ford has repeatedly stated her desire to testify and bravely share her story, Senate Republicans are doing everything they can to shame, bully, and force her

Leadership and Civic Engagement

Facebook Live Tips and Tricks

by Sarah Nichols on Sep 20, 2018

As many of you know, WREN has been streaming Facebook Live content every Friday since the start of July. We use these #FacebookLiveFridays (and sometimes additional days, too) to highlight the great work our partners are doing and discuss relevant issues facing the women and girls of South Carolina. Doing our Facebook live videos has

Health and Education, Policy Updates

On to the Next Round….

by Ashley Lidow on Sep 17, 2018

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) has applied for a Medicaid waiver to change the way that family planning services are delivered in South Carolina.  While the stated intentions of the waiver are to improve maternal and child healthcare, this change in policy will limit South Carolinians’ access to the health

Special Events

Staying Safe: Resources for Hurricane Florence

by Sarah Nichols on Sep 14, 2018

As you all know by now, Hurricane Florence is expected to hit South Carolina this weekend. Governor McMaster ordered mandatory evacuations for many coastal counties. Columbia’s counties are not included in mandatory evacuations, although recent forecasts do predict that the Midlands will be in Florence’s path. Here in South Carolina we are no strangers to

Leadership and Civic Engagement

WREN is Hiring a Policy Assistant

by Ashley Lidow on Sep 4, 2018

Deadline to apply is September 21st, 2018. The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women, girls and their families. The Policy Assistant is a member of the Policy and Government Relations (PGR)

Health and Education

The HPV Vaccine: What’s Stopping SC?

by Sarah Nichols on Aug 31, 2018

In 2016, South Carolina ranked as having the lowest HPV vaccination rates in the country. To us at WREN (and to many others), we found this data concerning. As of a newly released 2017 study, we are no longer 50th in HPV vaccination rates, thankfully, and we have made some improvements statewide. But there is

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Remembering Sarah Leverette

by Brandi Parrish Ellison on Aug 31, 2018

We all have people in our lives that we look to for inspiration, guidance, and gusto. People who move us to be better people, not just for ourselves, but better for others. Sarah Leverette was this for me and countless other women. Sarah had tenacity. She was once quoted saying, “I didn’t feel like I