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

Economic Opportunity

The Glaring Pay Gap in Professional Basketball

by Carrie Lee Lancaster on Aug 21, 2018

It’s no surprise that a legacy of gender disparities continues in this country. A trending and polemical conversation has been ongoing about the gap between women’s and men’s earnings for years. The gender pay gap is prevalent at each stage of women’s careers, from entry-level to executive positions. And this pattern is no different even

Special Events

How to Get to the 2018 Upstate Summit

by Megan Plassmeyer on Aug 15, 2018

WREN will hold its first annual Upstate Summit on November 9th at Furman University. Following a legacy of state-wide events, this full-day conference will provide specialized content and collaborative opportunities geared towards partners, advocates, students, and businesses that work and operate in the Upstate region of South Carolina. The WREN Upstate Summit will focus on

Uncategorized

Creating Livable and Accessible Communities

by Sarah Nichols on Aug 7, 2018

Last Friday, we continued our #FacebookLiveFridays with a discussion with Corrine Reed of the SC Livable Communities Alliance, a statewide campaign from the Palmetto Cycling Coalition and several other community partners. Our discussion focused on what actually makes a community livable and accessible. That may seem like a loaded and difficult question to answer, but

Health and Education, Policy Updates

Medicaid Comment Period Open

by Ashley Lidow on Aug 6, 2018

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) has applied for a Medicaid waiver to change the way that family planning services are delivered in South Carolina.  While the stated intentions of the waiver are to improve maternal and child healthcare, this change in policy will limit South Carolinians’ access to the health

Leadership and Civic Engagement, Special Events

WREN is Hiring a Development Associate

by Lara Winburn on Aug 4, 2018

Job Description Overview of Position The Development Associate is an exciting new position with the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is building a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of women, girls, and their families in South Carolina. WREN’s Development Associate will be responsible for supporting

Economic Opportunity

Financial Safety Online

by Guest Author, Laird Green (Abacus Planning Group) on Aug 3, 2018

For WREN’s First Financial Friday in August, we sat down with Laird Greene of Abacus Planning Group to discuss financial safety online. If you missed it, or you need a recap, you can watch the full discussion here:   And here’s Laird’s recap with some important tips: We continue to hear about major retailers and

Leadership and Civic Engagement

Organizing in the Queer South

by Sarah Nichols on Jul 27, 2018

Last week, as a part of our #FacebookLiveFridays series, we sat down with Mahkia Greene to discuss organizing in the queer south. You might recognize Mahkia from our Seen and Heard project: she was the talented filmmaker who created the Seen and Heard documentary for us. She is also an educator at Indie Grits Labs,

Policy Updates

About that SCOTUS Business…

by Sarah Nichols on Jul 18, 2018

Have you been hearing a lot of talk about the Supreme Court, or have you heard the name “Brett Kavanaugh” floating around a lot recently? That’s because President Trump recently nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the vacant spot on the Supreme Court. This has concerned many advocates for women’s health—including us—because Roe v. Wade hangs