On sex education, school board clashes with women’s health advocates

Oct 31, 2016

As a sporadic source of controversy in Charleston County schools, sex education is a subject that has long made school board members squeamish and put them at odds with women’s health advocates. “It’s all very frustrating,” said Eme Crawford, director of communications at the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, which advocates for medically accurate sex education in S.C.


Midlands Anchor: WREN Takes Wing to Fight for Women’s Rights in South Carolina

Oct 20, 2016

A new organization will be getting involved in politics in South Carolina, but its staff plans to ignore party lines. Their constituency? All women and girls and their families. WREN, the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network, was born from the foundation set by the New Morning Foundation and foundation-supported programs such as Tell Them over


A New Statewide Voice for Women’s Rights: WREN Launches at Senate’s End Hall

Oct 5, 2016

This Thursday, WREN, the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, launches with a massive party at Senate’s End Hall in Columbia to celebrate a new day in the fight for women’s rights in South Carolina. Everyone is invited to meet and talk shop with local activists, academics, concerned folks, and political allies like Sen. Katrina Shealy


RELEASE: WREN Launches with Series of October Events

Oct 3, 2016

Columbia, South Carolina – The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, or WREN, will make its official debut with launch events October 6 in Columbia, October 13 in Charleston and October 27 in Greenville. The series of launch parties will serve as the Columbia based 501(c)(3)’s first introduction to South Carolina’s communities since its establishment in


Columbia Launch Party

Sep 22, 2016

With great pleasure, we invite you to celebrate the official launch of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) on October 6, 5:30-8pm at The Hall at Senate’s End, featuring introductions by Senator Katrina Shealy and Representative James Smith with refreshments and live music by Paisley Marie. Our program begins at 6pm. **Parking is free


Charleston Launch Party

Sep 22, 2016

With great pleasure, we invite you to celebrate the official launch of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) on October 13, 6-8pm at The Cedar Room, featuring introductions by The Honorable Jenny Horne and The Honorable Marlon Kimpson with refreshments and live music by She Returns from War.  Our program will begin at 6:30pm. You


Greenville Launch Party

Sep 21, 2016

Join us in celebrating the launch of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) on October 27th from 5:30-8:00 pm at Venue at Postcard from Paris The launch will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a brief introduction to WREN with speakers from the community and the South Carolina General Assembly. Your Greenville Hosts: Judith Aughtry

Advocate Stories

Learning to Move Forward: Interview with Effy Francis

by Megan Plassmeyer on Sep 13, 2016

Sometimes in life, we reach a period of time where we are destination-less. Not because we have failed or have been misguided, but because the path we are traveling down becomes derailed. In these moments we can either choose to float on, or we can choose to forge a new path. And in case you

Health and Education

App Design to Reduce Unintended Teen Pregnancy

by Megan Plassmeyer on Sep 13, 2016

Ariel Simpson-Logan is one of those people whom you meet and instantly think, “man, she’s taking over the world someday.” Fortunately for us, she’s starting early. Ariel is currently the Grant Project Coordinator for the New Morning Foundation. Originally hired on to work with the foundation’s ambassador program in 2014, she quickly transitioned to working

Policy Updates

Everything You Need to Know about WWH v. Hellerstedt in Five Minutes

Sep 13, 2016

Last Monday, people across the country celebrated (or lamented), as pictures of the most honorable Justice Notorious RBG went viral and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made a historic ruling. On June 27th, SCOTUS struck down two provisions in Texas H.B. 2 law, one requiring physicians to have admitting privileges at hospitals,