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

Human Rights Activist

Modjeska Monteith Simkins

Dec. 5, 1899 - Apr. 5, 1992
Modjeska Monteith Simkins was one of the nation’s leading civil rights activists of the twentieth century. Her activism extended to health care, social justice and human rights.
Image courtesy of the State Newspaper Photograph Archive, Richland Library. On May 17, 1954, the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka struck down racial segregation in schools, effectively overturning the “separate but equal doctrine” codified in Plessy v. Ferguson nearly 60 years before. For Modjeska Monteith Simkins, who co-authored the petition that became Briggs...
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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 8, 2020 | 12:00 am–11:59 pm

International Women's Day

Initially proposed as a potential holiday in 1910 by Clara Zetkin, International Women's Day has been celebrated in various forms ever since. For some...
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March 8, 2020 | 8:00 am–5:00 pm

CCOW Nomination Awards

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April 6, 2020 | 8:00 am–5:00 pm

WREN Annual Summit

Columbia Museum of Art

Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) will be hosting their fourth annual state-wide summit on April 6th, 2020 at the Columbia Museum of Art...
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