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Columbia City of Women is accepting nominations for its 2021 Honorees from now through March 15.

2021 Nominations Now Open!

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

Women’s Rights Activist

Victoria L. Eslinger

1947-present
From a lawsuit to work at the State House to establishing a hotline for female students, Eslinger's work for women's rights opened new opportunities for women in Columbia and across the state.
Image courtesy The State Newspaper Photograph Collection, Richland Library On May 12, 1971, The Gamecock student newspaper published an article by first-year law school student Victoria “Vickie” L. Eslinger. In it, she describes the plight of women in a pre-Roe v. Wade world. Although abortion was legal in New York, many women were being scammed by illegitimate agencies who had...
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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

March 24, 2021 | 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Historic Columbia's Wednesday Walk | Women’s History Month

Main Street & South Carolina State House

The Columbia City of Women initiative continues to shed light on the accomplishments of notable women in our city. From Reconstruction to civil rights...
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March 25, 2021 | 6:30 pm

Women in Politics: Richland County Milestones

Virtual Event

Richland Library is recognizing achievements that have shifted our civic landscape and examining their monumental impact on local government. Barbara...
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March 26, 2021 | 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

American Democracy, the Pandemic, and the African American Community

Virtual Event

Dr. Treadwell was the first African American woman to integrate the University of South Carolina after Reconstruction as a result of a lawsuit in l963...
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