She Did

Our city has a strong legacy of remarkable women. Let's celebrate their victories, connect through their stories, and empower one another. Because when we believe we can, we do.

We've come together to share the stories of Columbia's many strong, courageous, and driven women.

Celebrating Women's Achievements

Have you ever noticed that very few cities, streets, and statues are named for women? In Columbia, only 4 percent of our 145 landmarks are specifically named for women. Only one of the 41 streets in downtown Columbia is intended to recognize a woman — Lady Street — yet its name does not reflect the true recipient, Martha Washington. We believe in the power of moving through a city that recognizes women's achievements, which is why we're bringing forward the stories of our city's remarkable women.

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Columbia City of Women Honorees

Human Rights Activist

Donella Brown Wilson

1909-2017
In 1948, Wilson joined African Americans across the state as they voted for the first time in the Democratic Primary. She voted in every election during the next 70 years.
Image courtesy Minnie Wilson Bivens On August 10, 1948, Donella Brown Wilson took her place in line among hundreds of Black citizens living in the Ward 9 voting precinct. They joined an estimated 30,000 black voters, newly enfranchised by the recent court rulings Elmore v. Rice and Brown v. Baskin, in casting ballots in South Carolina’s Democratic Primary “for the...
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Our work is inspired by an effort led by Rebecca Solnit that reimagined the New York City subway map with stops named after women.

I can’t imagine how I might have conceived of myself and my possibilities if, in my formative years, I had moved through a city where most things were named after women and many or most of the monuments were of powerful, successful, honored women.

Rebecca Solnit

Co-author, "City of Women"

Featured Events

December 5, 2020 | 8:30 am–5:00 pm

A Woman's Right - Exhibition Closes

McKissick Museum - 1501 Pendleton St, Columbia, SC 29208

Women lounging on the Horseshoe with McKissick Museum in the background A Woman's Right through December 5th, 2020, North Gallery In celebration of...
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