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2021 Columbia City of Women nominations are now closed.

2021 Nominations 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.

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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

Human Rights Activist

Edna Smith Primus

1944-2019
In 1978, Primus won a key victory for the ACLU, marking the end of a three-year battle to ensure that the organization could continue its legal advocacy.
The State Newspaper Photograph Collection, Richland Library It’s hard for black people to be inspired when they are poor. They never have had the opportunity to get ahead—they’re always behind. " -Edna Smith Primus, March 20, 1973 On March 20, 1973, The State profiled Edna Louise Smith, one of Columbia’s newest attorneys. At the time, she was teaching law-oriented courses...
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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"