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

Advocate Stories

International Day of the Girl Child: Importance of Listening

by Megan Plassmeyer on Oct 10, 2018

From projects like Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands, we recognize that the voices of girls, and specifically girls of color, often go unheard in our state. And it’s not because our girls aren’t talking, it’s because we aren’t listening. We are constantly battling a myth that our young people “don’t know what

Advocate Stories, Uncategorized

Seven Questions with Damilola

by WREN Staff on Oct 10, 2018

Our nest is getting bigger! Meet WREN’s newest staff member and Policy Assistant, Damilola Ajisegiri. 1. Where are you from? I was born in Nigeria but grew up in Snellville, GA. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Psychology & a minor in Women Studies. I then moved to South Carolina

Policy Updates

Tell your friends to take action

by Sarah Nichols on Oct 5, 2018

If you’ve been tuning into the Kavanaugh hearings in some form or fashion, you are probably feeling discouraged after watching Dr. Ford being discredited after sharing intensely intimate and gut-wrenching testimony. (You can read our full statement on the hearings here.) Thank you to all of our advocates who have spoken out, called your senators,

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