9 honorees join Columbia's City of Women project.

Nine new honorees have been added to Columbia's City of Women project.

The project, in its third year, shares the stories of women who have made significant contributions to the city's history, pushed boundaries and helped create opportunity. Those stories are featured in an interactive map.

The nine newest honorees were nominated by the community, selected by a committee and announced during Thursday's She Did Day, presented by Historic Columbia and the Women's Rights and Empowerment Network. The annual event marks the ratification of the 19th amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

The nine include Columbia attorney Malissa Burnette, one of the founders of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, who has litigated landmark cases that have paved the way for women to attend state-supported military schools and led to marriage equality in South Carolina.

"(Burnette) is indeed an inspirational woman whose contributions deserve to be documented, shared and celebrated," Robin Waites, Historic Columbia executive director, said in a news release.

Other living City of Women honorees are Bambi Gaddist, a public health leader who championed HIV education in the 1980s; Mildred McDuffie, a longtime educator, Richland County councilwoman and summary court judge; and Keller Henderson Bumgardner Barron, who served as president of the South...

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