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.

Join us for #SheDid Day

We're proclaiming August 26th #SheDid Day. Gather with us at the State House to celebrate the anniversary of the certification of the 19th amendment.

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Columbia City of Women Honorees

Suffragists

The Rollin Sisters

On January 23, 1871, Charlotte Rollin presided as chair of “a meeting for the permanent organization of the ‘South Carolina Woman Suffrage Association’” in the home of her sister, Frances Rollin Whipper, and brother-in-law, state representative William J. Whipper. Their younger sister, Katherine Rollin, oversaw the submission and adoption of a constitution, and together the attendees, which included Lieutenant Governor...
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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"