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
Ethel Martin Bolden
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.
POSTPONED - "Eleanor Roosevelt: Women, Power and Human Rights. A Century of Struggle and Hope" Keynote
Columbia Museum of Art - Theater : 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201
South Carolina State Museum : 301 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201
Campus Room, Capstone House, USC, 898 Barnwell Street