Columbia representatives lead bi-partisan call for 12-month birth control coverage

Feb 22, 2017

Columbia, SC – February 21, 2017 Today, Representatives Kirkman Finlay, Beth Bernstein introduced legislation, H. 3809, that would require insurance plans cover a 12-month supply of prescribed self-administered contraceptives – such as the ring, the patch and oral contraceptives – at one time. They are joined by Representatives Kit Spires, Neal Collins, James Smith and… Read more

“Healthy Youth Act” Introduced in South Carolina House of Representatives

Feb 3, 2017

Columbia, SC – February 2, 2017 The “Healthy Youth Act,” H. 3663, was introduced in the South Carolina House of Representatives Thursday with bipartisan support. The “Healthy Youth Act” would update the 28 year old Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA) by holding school districts accountable for teaching all mandated health education and ensuring the use… Read more

WREN 2017 Policy Agenda Briefing

Dec 7, 2016

South Carolina’s legislative session begins on January 10 and WREN has a robust agenda for working with elected officials to improve the lives of women, girls, and families in our state. Join Brandi Ellison and Ashley Crary Lidow for an online webinar on January 5, noon-1pm for a briefing on our legislative policy agenda for… Read more

Movement for gender equality comes to Spartanburg with WREN launch party

Dec 5, 2016

A month after an election that shone a light on the unfinished agenda of achieving equality between women and men, the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network will return to the Upstate for a second launch event. On Monday, December 5, from 5:30-8:00 pm at Willy Taco in Spartanburg, the open house event will feature introductions… Read more

Spartanburg Launch Party

Nov 15, 2016

With great pleasure, we invite you to celebrate the official launch of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), featuring introductions by WREN CEO, Ann Warner, and community members from the Upstate.

On sex education, school board clashes with women’s health advocates

Oct 31, 2016

As a sporadic source of controversy in Charleston County schools, sex education is a subject that has long made school board members squeamish and put them at odds with women’s health advocates. “It’s all very frustrating,” said Eme Crawford, director of communications at the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, which advocates for medically accurate sex education in S.C…. Read more

Midlands Anchor: WREN Takes Wing to Fight for Women’s Rights in South Carolina

Oct 20, 2016

A new organization will be getting involved in politics in South Carolina, but its staff plans to ignore party lines. Their constituency? All women and girls and their families. WREN, the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network, was born from the foundation set by the New Morning Foundation and foundation-supported programs such as Tell Them over… Read more

A New Statewide Voice for Women’s Rights: WREN Launches at Senate’s End Hall

Oct 5, 2016

This Thursday, WREN, the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, launches with a massive party at Senate’s End Hall in Columbia to celebrate a new day in the fight for women’s rights in South Carolina. Everyone is invited to meet and talk shop with local activists, academics, concerned folks, and political allies like Sen. Katrina Shealy… Read more

RELEASE: WREN Launches with Series of October Events

Oct 3, 2016

Columbia, South Carolina – The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, or WREN, will make its official debut with launch events October 6 in Columbia, October 13 in Charleston and October 27 in Greenville. The series of launch parties will serve as the Columbia based 501(c)(3)’s first introduction to South Carolina’s communities since its establishment in… Read more