Policy Updates

Support S.1348 to Affirm Reproductive Rights in South Carolina

by Ashley Lidow on Jun 22, 2022

Extremist legislators have been working for decades to push abortion access out of reach. This includes forcing people to travel long distances, wait days between appointments, source childcare, and pay out of pocket without insurance coverage. We need policies that support people’s whole lives, including better access to hospitals and clinics, healthcare provided by people

Freedom from Violence, Gender Justice

Juneteenth

by Melissa Moore on Jun 17, 2022

Happy Juneteenth to all our Black siblings! May your lives be filled with safety, care, love, celebration, liberation, joy, and reflection.  The last enslaved people of African descent in the U.S. were freed on June 19, 1865, a full two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Yet, certain conditions of slavery are still

News

Director of Organizing

by Melissa Moore on Jun 17, 2022

I’m honored and humbled to announce my new position as Director of Organizing, a role that draws on my 15+ years of experience advancing gender justice in South Carolina. This is a brand new position at WREN that solidifies a commitment to growing our grassroots power!  I started my career in 2005 as Executive Assistant

Gender Justice, Uncategorized

Reflections on Pride, not Prejudice

by Melissa Moore on Jun 2, 2022

Happy Pride, y’all! I’m proud to be a Genderqueer Raised In The South (GRITS), and I want to remind other GRITS, all the beautiful identities under the queer* umbrella, and all those who uplift our community that our existence is our RESISTANCE.  I am blessed to make a living doing work that is deeply personal

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Together, We Are Powerful!

by Ann Warner on May 26, 2022

Legislative Victories!  Below are bills that were signed into law in South Carolina! Thanks to you, WREN has achieved two major legislative victories that will make South Carolina a healthier and more equitable state for women, gender-expansive people, and their families.  Paid Family Leave for State Employees, making more than 55,000 state employees eligible for

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Wrap-Up of the 124th Session of SC General Assembly

May 12, 2022

Whew. The 124th session of the General Assembly has concluded. Despite an unrelenting onslaught of bills attacking our rights, we have achieved some monumental victories.   During this legislative session, our network members took at least 70,000 advocacy actions! We are so proud of this incredible demonstration of our collective power.   Here’s an overview of where

Gender Justice, Health and Education, News

Anti-abortion politicians pass misinformation bill to force providers to lie about medication abortion

by WREN Staff on Apr 27, 2022

SOUTH CAROLINA– Today, anti-abortion politicians in the House voted to pass a new medication abortion misinformation bill (H. 4568). In response, Ann Warner, CEO of the South Carolina Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) has released the following statement: “This bill is the latest in anti-abortion politicians’ attack on our freedoms and health. If it