by WREN Staff on Apr 15, 2021
Leadership and Civic Engagement
WREN will always provide a strong voice for women and girls across South Carolina. We are committed to fostering an environment in which women are encouraged to lead and to advocate for policies that positively impact our lives and our children’s futures. WREN wants women to have the tools, facts, and skills to advocate. We encourage diverse, women leaders who can champion our concerns and speak out when our interests are being put aside or ignored by elected officials.
Advocacy 101 trainings
WREN trains groups across the state on issues affecting women and girls, while also providing information on the legislative process and how to advocate and lead change in South Carolina. During legislative session, we also encourage advocates to meet us at the Statehouse to engage legislators directly in a supportive group setting. Starting in January 2019, please visit our event calendar to find these listed dates.
If you have a group or organization that is interested in receiving an Advocacy 101 training or Meet Me at Statehouse, contact us at email@example.com.
WREN’s Strategic Technical Advisory Group includes individuals who have special expertise that is relevant to WREN’s mission and to our educational, advocacy and political activities. These experts work in medicine, public health, law, economics, advocacy, and more. Advisors provide input and expertise to WREN staff and board members on an as-needed basis, and from time to time, the staff or board may engage advisers in projects or initiatives. If you believe you can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why It Matters In SC?
- During the 122nd South Carolina General Assembly women held 23 out of the 124 seats (12 D, 11R) in the House and 4 out of the 46 seats (2 D, 2R) in the Senate. 15.9% of the legislature is female.
- Women are dramatically outnumbered in senior leadership. Only about 1 in 5 C-suite leaders is a woman, and only 1 in 25 is a woman of color.
- Women are less likely to be hired into manager-level jobs, and they are far less likely to be promoted into them. For every one hundred men promoted to manager, seventy-nine women are. The disparity in the promotion rate to manager is even worse for women of color. Most notably, for every 100 men who are promoted to manager, just 60 Black women are promoted.
- Largely because of these gender gaps, men end up holding 62 percent of management positions, while women hold only 38 percent.
Act to Establish Pay Equity (H. 3183 and S.514)
These sister bills would make pay discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin or disability illegal in South Carolina.
Paid Family Leave for State Employees (H. 3560 and S.11)
This bill would provide state employees with 12 weeks of paid family leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Paid family leave is crucial to supporting working families’ economic security and promoting gender equity in workplaces. No one should have to risk their job or face financial loss when they need to welcome a new child.
Increasing Voter Access (H.3822)
H. 3822 is a comprehensive bill that would bring to South Carolina absentee voting provisions that have been successful in other states through many election cycles.
Community Development Tax Credit (S.436 and H.4093)
S.436 and H.4093 would allocate $2 million in CD Tax Credits in 2021 and $3 million each year after. Allocating these tax credits would allow community development corporations (CDCs) and community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to attract private capital to support critical services in their communities such as affordable housing, financial counseling, and loan capital to small, women-led, and minority-led businesses.
Prohibit Paying Sub-Minimum Wages to People With Disabilities (S.533)
S.533 would assemble a taskforce to create a three-year transition plan to phase out subminimum wage by August 1, 2024. Currently, the United States still operates under a law in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which grants certain employers a 14(c) certificate to pay people with disabilities less than the minimum wage—sometimes pennies an hour. In South Carolina as of 2020, approximately 1,200 people with disabilities are making less than the minimum wage. Several states have already restricted the use of subminimum wage, and South Carolina looks to be the next state to eliminate this.
South Carolina Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (H.3188)
This bill prohibits on the basis of sex paying wages to employees of one sex at a lesser rate than the rate paid to employees of the opposite sex for comparable work in jobs which require the same, or essentially the same, knowledge, skill, effort, and responsibility.
Voting Restrictions (H.4150)
H.4150 provides for but restricts in-person no-excuse early voting as well as greatly reduces the existing excused-absentee voting criteria for mail-in or hand delivery. This would lead to poor access for some voters.