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

Suffragist

Ida Salley Reamer

1884-1958
In 1920, Reamer was elected chair of the newly formed League of Women Voters of Columbia and Richland County. During her tenure, the League promoted a platform that granted equal rights to women.
Image courtesy Nela Edgar Nestled on page three beside the Society Notes, the June 13, 1922, issue of The State ran a profile of the 1922 University of South Carolina Law Class. “Columbia Women Lead Law Class,” it announced, “Mrs. Cornelius Y. Reamer takes first honor.” Ida Salley Reamer was a prominent citizen of Columbia. A member of the city’s...
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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

August 20, 2020 | 7:30 pm–8:30 pm

Brazen Belles! Film Screening: Part One

Virtual

Just in time for the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which ensures women’s right to vote in the United States, this episode is about the...
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August 23, 2020 | 7:00 pm–8:00 pm

Sisterhood: South Carolina Suffragists - Moving Foward

SCETV

SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment and look at the role South Carolina women...
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August 26, 2020 | 10:00 am–11:00 am

She Did Day

Online

Save the date! The annual She Did Day is August 26, and we'll soon roll out a schedule of online opportunities to recognize local women and the...
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