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The Importance of Celebrating Women

We're thrilled that you're excited about our initiative, and we want to hear about remarkable women in Columbia who you'd like to honor on the City of Women map. We're amazed by the incredible women in our city - past and present - and we believe that the more we celebrate women, the more we empower one another, break down barriers, and enhance possibilities for women. Our map is meant to be a starting place to honor women, encourage conversations about other inspiring women, and undo the subtle, often subliminal, messages we absorb about who has power and deserves to be recognized. Your engagement is what gives our initiative its spark. 

While we highlight the achievements of specific women in Columbia, the ultimate goal of our work is to encourage women, young girls, and everyone in the state to share stories about the many strong, courageous, and driven women in their lives.

Nomination Criteria 

We select honorees who have made a significant and lasting impact on the lives of women and families in Columbia. Inspired by WREN’s efforts to close gaps in health, education, economic well-being, and leadership, we've identified the following criteria to guide our selection process, and our goal is to highlight women who embody these characteristics. 

  • Help others thrive 
    She enhances the strength, knowledge, and well-being of others. 
  • Push boundaries & create opportunities 
    She advocates for change, persists against the odds, and creates new opportunities for herself and others. 
  • Stand up for others 
    She speaks out against injustice, fights to protect the vulnerable, and empowers others to be courageous.
  • Lead the charge
    She commits to a cause, inspires others to take action, and makes Columbia better. 
  • Create beauty & strengthen culture
    She shapes art and culture, spurs imaginations, and encourages new perspectives. 

Nomination Process & Form

We hope this information helps you understand our nomination and selection criteria. We are currently accepting nominations through the following online form. We will review submissions later this year as we plan to name honorees for 2020. Please know we value your engagement, we're grateful for your nominee story, and we'll be in touch.