Our city has a 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.
We're officially launching our effort and recognizing our honorees on March 31, 2019 to kick off the annual WREN summit.Register
Check back for inspiring stories about our honorees. We'll be recognizing Columbia women on our site and throughout our city.
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.
Co-author, "City of Women"