Women in Columbia have historically been trailblazers in the fields of health, education, economic opportunity, safety and freedom from violence, civic engagement, and our city’s arts and culture—yet only a handful of city monuments celebrate their achievements.
Recently in conjunction with International Women’s Day, WREN and Historic Columbia welcomed nearly 400 guests to the Columbia Museum of Art to move the needle on this injustice by recognizing eight women as Columbia City of Women 2020 honorees:
From lawyers to advocates, physicians to educators, the honorees’ extraordinary contributions to Columbia embody the City of Women mantra, SHE DID.
But it was just the beginning for Columbia City of Women in 2020. This enormously significant year, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, will highlight the work of many under-recognized people to ensure that ALL women and ALL people in our community are able to vote, to speak up, and to lead. Very soon, you will see Williams Street in the BullStreet District renamed to Matilda Evans Street, recognizing a 2019 Columbia City of Women honoree while a major piece of public artwork that will be constructed downtown to celebrate the heroines of our city and we engage our communities through visual storytelling.
We need you to continue to help us to build this City of Women. A city for all of us.
1. Join the conversation. Nominate women who you think should go on the map.
2. Learn more. Historic Columbia and WREN will offer educational programming throughout the year.
3. Donate. With your support, we will expand this initiative and amplify the voices of women of all ages, neighborhoods, and backgrounds who have made our city what it is.
To learn more, visit www.columbiacityofwomen.com.
Our Contact Information
Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN)
1201 Main Street, Suite 320
Columbia, SC 29201