2021 Columbia City of Women nominations are now closed.
The Architecture of Strength Monument
Northwest Corner of Main & Gervais
Women deserve to be seen and heard in our city. It's our hope that this monumental sculpture motivates the community to learn more about women's historical contributions to our city and inspires a more hopeful and inclusive vision of our future.
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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Share the story of an inspiring woman you'd like to honor on the City of Women map.
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Columbia City of Women Honorees
Edna Smith Primus
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.