Advocate Stories

Work with WREN

by WREN Communications & Learning Team on Dec 12, 2016

The WREN Communications and Learning team is looking for two part-time interns to help us build a movement to advance the health, economic well-being and rights of South Carolina’s women, girls and families. Click on the links below for more information: Communications Intern Events & Outreach Intern


WREN 2017 Policy Agenda Briefing

Dec 7, 2016

South Carolina’s legislative session begins on January 10 and WREN has a robust agenda for working with elected officials to improve the lives of women, girls, and families in our state. Join Brandi Ellison and Ashley Crary Lidow for an online webinar on January 5, noon-1pm for a briefing on our legislative policy agenda for

Policy Updates, Special Events

What You Can Do Now!

by Eme Crawford on Dec 7, 2016

In the wake of the 2016 election, WREN has received an outpouring of emails, calls and conversations from women across the state asking what they can do right now to become more involved in speaking up and making a difference for women.  Here are a few upcoming events for those of you ready to make


Movement for gender equality comes to Spartanburg with WREN launch party

Dec 5, 2016

A month after an election that shone a light on the unfinished agenda of achieving equality between women and men, the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network will return to the Upstate for a second launch event. On Monday, December 5, from 5:30-8:00 pm at Willy Taco in Spartanburg, the open house event will feature introductions

Special Events

Giving Thanks

by WREN Staff on Nov 22, 2016

Last Thanksgiving, we thought we had a lot to be thankful for. But somewhere in between the rush of the new year, the cards at Valentine’s Day, and the fireworks on the fourth, we created something bigger than we could have ever imagined. Now alongside this year’s turkey and stuffing, is a nest that reminds

Economic Opportunity

Latinas Deserve Equal Wages

by WREN & PASOs on Nov 18, 2016

In South Carolina, and across our nation, women work hard to provide for themselves and their families. However, women face systematic discrimination that devalues their work relative to men. While contributing so much to our state, it is an injustice that women, particularly Latina women, endure the economic hardships that result from the gender wage

Leadership and Civic Engagement

What Comes After the 2016 Election?

by Ann Warner on Nov 15, 2016

More than any presidential election in history, the 2016 election shone a light on the unfinished agenda of achieving equality between women and men. This campaign brought gender issues to the forefront in multiple ways, shapes, and forms. First and foremost, the American people elected the first female nominee of a major party, a hugely


Spartanburg Launch Party

Nov 15, 2016

With great pleasure, we invite you to celebrate the official launch of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), featuring introductions by WREN CEO, Ann Warner, and community members from the Upstate.


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.