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


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


Demand More for Black Women

by Sarah Nichols on Aug 30, 2018

August 7th was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which means that a black woman would have to work more than 200 additional days to make the same amount of money a white man makes in a year. And August 7th is certainly a significant, symbolic representation of the inequities that still exist for black women

Economic Opportunity

Support Women in SC: Woman-Owned Businesses in the Upstate

by Courtney Thomas on Aug 29, 2018

After our Midlands and our Charleston blog posts, we probably don’t need to convince you that women-owned businesses are important, right? There are about 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the US—approximately 164,000 of those from South Carolina. And as always, they need our support. Here are some of the women-owned businesses in the Upstate that

Economic Opportunity

Support Women in SC: Women-Owned Businesses in the Lowcountry

by Sarah Nichols on Aug 29, 2018

Charleston, South Carolina is nationally praised for being a beautiful, unique city. But do you know what else it is? An up-and-coming hub for women-owned businesses. In 2011, Charleston County had the highest rates in South Carolina for women-owned businesses. Statewide, women-owned businesses bring in about $16 billion. As we can see, supporting women means

Policy Updates

What matters to you?

by Ashley Lidow on Aug 24, 2018

It is back to school season, and we at WREN have been doing our homework when it comes to researching and building out a policy agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Now, we would like to invite you to provide us with feedback on the issues that matter to you. So first: what is a

Health and Education

What does it take to get an abortion in South Carolina?

by Ashley Lidow on Aug 24, 2018

As the country faces a new Supreme Court judge who has a history of hostility towards reproductive health and rights, we are reminded that while people in this country do have a right to abortion, that right is often in name only due to unattainable access. Recently the New York Times wrote an article explaining

Leadership and Civic Engagement

Interrupting the Pipeline

by Sarah Nichols on Aug 21, 2018

For one of our #FacebookLiveFridays this month, we were lucky to have Zakiya Esper of Sowing Seeds into the Midlands join us. Zakiya is a former SC juvenile probation officer (and one of the newly-named members of the Obama Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps!) who saw the need for resources for at-risk youth. But she didn’t