Columbia's library building features the names of only male authors. After 3 decades of trying, these students have fixed that

The new banner hangs above the original eight names and will remain there until December.

(CNN)Homer. Herodotus. Sophocles. Plato. Aristotle. Demosthenes. Cicero. Vergil.

Male. Male. Male. Male. Male. Male. Male. Male.
These are the author's names chiseled into the stone facade of Columbia University's Butler Library. In case it hasn't become clear yet, every single one of them is a man.
For three decades, students at Columbia have been making bold statements about the lack of inclusivity the inscription communicates -- and they've been doing it right on the building itself.
    It all began on commencement day in 1989 when Laura Hotchkiss Brown and four friends unfurled a banner across the face of Butler Library. But almost immediately, it was removed by campus security.
    In 1989, Laura Hotchkiss Brown and a group of friends draped this banner across the front of Butler Library.
    The banner would appear later in the fall of the same year, and then again for a single day in 1994 to commemorate Women's History Month.
    This week, a new banner for the 21st century has been stretched across the face of Butler Library.
    It won't stay for a day or a couple of minutes, but for the entire fall semester as part of a student-led exhibit supported by Columbia University Libraries.
    In an op-ed for the Columbia Spectator, representatives of the Butler Banner Project explained that the names displayed prominently on historic campus buildings are more than just tributes to donors or revered figures.