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.

Make a Nomination

Share the story of an inspiring woman you'd like to honor on the City of Women map.

Share her Story

Support City of Women

Your support helps us celebrate women and engage our community.

Give Today

Columbia City of Women Honorees

Equal Rights Activist

Sarah Elizabeth Leverette

Dec. 30, 1919 - Aug. 29, 2018
Sarah Elizabeth Leverette was the first woman faculty member at the University of South Carolina Law School and led the Law Library for twenty five years.
Image courtesy of the State Newspaper Photograph Archive, Richland Library. On December 30, 1919, Sarah Elizabeth Leverette was born in Iva, South Carolina to Captain Stephen Ernest Leverette and Allie E. McGee Leverette. By then, 22 states had ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Less than two months later, on February 14, 1920, the League...
Read Her Story
View all 2019 honorees

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

February 9, 2020 | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

19th Amendment Series: the Columbia Chapter of the League of Women Voters

Robert Mills Carriage House

In alignment with the movement to ratify the 19th Amendment, which would give women the right to vote, a fledgling League of Women Voters Chapter was...
More Details
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...
More Details
March 8, 2020 | 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Columbia City of Women 2020 Honoree Celebration

Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main Street Columbia, SC 29201

On March 31, 2019, Former First Lady of South Carolina Rachel Hodges, WREN, and Historic Columbia introduced Columbia City of Women, a very special...
More Details
View all upcoming events