Who: Columbia City of Women, a partnership between Historic Columbia (HC) and Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN)
What: Historic Columbia and WREN will host a virtual event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, to recognize local women connected to voting rights, and to make a special announcement about the Columbia City of Women initiative.
When: 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 26.
Where: Plaza at the northwest corner of Gervais and Main streets (1221 Main Street)
Speakers will include:
· Tameika Isaac Devine, City of Columbia, Councilwoman
· Ce Scott-Fitts, South Carolina Arts Commission, Artist Services Program Director
· Robin Waites, Historic Columbia, Executive Director
· Ann Warner, Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, CEO
· Laura Woliver, League of Women Voters, President
At the conclusion of the Columbia City of Women event, the League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area will hold a silent vigil at the South Carolina State House at 10:30 a.m. in recognition of the 19th Amendment’s anniversary.
About Columbia City of Women: Historic Columbia and WREN launched the Columbia City of Women initiative in March 2019 with the unveiling of a map that honors the legacy of 12 trailblazing women and the addition of eight new honorees in 2020.
In 2019, the City of Columbia proclaimed August 26 She Did Day to recognize the local accomplishments of women. The day is also celebrated nationally as Women's Equality Day commemorating the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. The certification of the amendment was an important milestone in the women’s rights movement, but it did not guarantee access to the ballot for many women of color.
Columbia City of Women’s 19th Amendment program will honor the local women and Columbia City of Women honorees who contributed to voting rights throughout our history, including the Rollin sisters, Ida Salley Reamer, Modjeska Monteith Simkins, and Donella Brown Wilson.
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 historiccolumbia.org or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.
About WREN: The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, is a South Carolina-based network created to build a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women, girls and their families. WREN provides a strong, collective voice for South Carolina’s women and girls. WREN is a non-partisan, non-profit organization.
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