Columbia City of Women initiative announces call for nominations

Nominations for 2020 Honorees Due November 15, 2019

The Columbia City of Women initiative is now accepting nominations for 2020 honorees. Columbia City of Women is a partnership of Historic Columbia and WREN  (Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network), and was founded by former S.C. First Lady Rachel Hodges.

Columbia City of Women will select honorees who have made a significant and lasting impact on the lives of women and families in Columbia, aiming to highlight women who embody the following criteria.

  • Help others thrive: Women who’ve enhanced the strength, knowledge, and well-being of others.
  • Push boundaries & create opportunities: Women who’ve advocated for change, persisted against the odds, and created new opportunities for themselves and others.
  • Stand up for others: Women who’ve spoken out against injustice, fought to protect the vulnerable, and empowered others to be courageous.
  • Lead the charge: Women who’ve committed to a cause, inspired others to take action, and made Columbia better.
  • Create beauty & strengthen culture: Women who’ve shaped art and culture, spurred imaginations, and encouraged new perspectives. Nominations are currently being accepted online at, through Friday, November 15.

Current honorees include Lilly Stern Filler, M.D., Lucy Hampton Bostick, Matilda Evans, Sarah Mae Flemming, Harriet Hancock, Sarah Elizabeth Leverette, the Rollin Sisters, Celia Dial Saxon, Modjeska Monteith Simkins, Dawn Staley, Anna Heyward Taylor and Jean Hoefer Toal.

To keep up with this initiative and learn more about these inspirational women, follow Historic Columbia and WREN on social media, as well as the hashtags #ColumbiaCityofWomen and #SheDid.

About Historic Columbia

 In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.

About WREN

WREN, the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, is a South Carolina-based network whose mission is to build a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women, girls, and their families. We advocate, educate, engage community, and build coalitions. WREN strives to create a diverse and inclusive movement that amplifies voices and advances justice for all.