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.

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.

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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


M. Malissa Burnette

M. Malissa Burnette, 1970s. Image courtesy The State Newspaper Photograph Archive, Richland Library But what we really need is more public awareness of the fact that wife-beating does go on right here. There’s no way to find out exactly how much it goes on, but I think if we knew we’d be astounded. People don’t want to recognize it. But...
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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"