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

Arts & Culture Advocate

Lucy Hampton Bostick

1898 - July 18, 1968
Lucy Hampton Bostick was instrumental in establishing and growing the infrastructure of the Richland County Public Library as Chief Librarian for almost forty years.
Image courtesy of Richland Library Archives, Richland Library, Columbia. An active member of a thriving cultural community, Lucy Hampton Bostick was instrumental in establishing and growing the infrastructure of the public libraries in Richland County from 1925 to 1968. In her 40-year tenure as Chief Librarian, Bostick established local library branches, a mobile circulation service, and a state-wide library association...
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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 | 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...
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March 28, 2020 | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Saturday Roll | Columbia City of Women

South Carolina Monument to the Women of the Confederacy, located at the southern border of the State House grounds : 1100 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29208

Women in Columbia have historically been trailblazers in the fields of health, education, economic opportunity, safety and freedom from violence...
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