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.

Accepting nominations for 2020 Honorees now through November 15!

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

Gay Rights Activist

Harriet Daniels Hancock

Sept. 25, 1936 - pres.
Harriet Hancock is a pioneer LGBTQ activist in South Carolina. In her distinguished career as an attorney, she prioritized legal work for LGBTQ rights.
On September 24, 1989, more than twenty years after the Stonewall riots ignited a widespread movement for equal rights for gays and lesbians and ten years after the community’s first National March on Washington, Harriet Hancock assembled a group of gay rights activists in Columbia to begin planning the state's first Gay Pride March. Hancock found herself inspired by Jim...
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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"