Center for Women's History

Explore women's history through exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and immersive multimedia.

About the center

Our new Center for Women’s History—the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum—reveals the untold stories of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience. As a hub for scholarship and education, the new Center demonstrates how women across the spectrum of race, class, and culture exercised power and effected change before they could even access the ballot box. Guided by a committee of distinguished historians and informed by the latest research, the Center features permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, and a vibrant array of talks and programs, enriching the cultural landscape of New York City and ushering in a new era of historical discovery.

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"Miss Rose Bower of North Dakota" Woman playing trumpet, wearing "Votes for Women" sash. Gelatin Silver Photograph, New-York Historical Society.

Major funding for the Center for Women's History programs provided by

Joyce B. Cowin
Diane and Adam E. Max
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Jean Margo Reid
The Estate of Jean Dubinsky Appleton
Eric J. & Daria L. Wallach
Diana and Joseph DiMenna
Deutsche Bank
Claudine and Fred Bacher
James Basker and Angela Vallot
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
Hogan Lovells
The Caroline M. Lowndes Foundation

Public funding for the Center for Women’s History
provided by

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,
in partnership with the City Council

Empire State Development and I LOVE NEW YORK
under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s
Regional Economic Development Council Initiative

"Round the World with Nellie Bly", McLoughlin Bros. table game, cardboard, paper, wood, 1890. The Liman Collection, New-York Historical Society.

The Center will develop curricula and lessons plans at the K-12 levels and provide educational resources and opportunities for students, adding to the broad and comprehensive suite of materials that New-York Historical offers through its Education Department. Students will engage with primary sources and with curricula and programs focused on the history of women, in New York. These resources will be available both onsite and online.

Digital Resources

In collaboration with Columbia University, the Center for Women’s History is producing a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Women Have Always Worked, which will be available to students and the general public through EdX. Hosted by Alice Kessler-Harris in conversation with several distinguished scholars of women’s history, the course examines the history of women in America from 1700 to the present and reveals how their work has changed the home, the workplace, and the nation. Enroll in this free course today.

Women's History Teacher Events

Think & Drink
Women and Workplace Equality with Lara Vapnek

Wednesday, February 8, 4:30-6:30pm
Lara Vapnek, Professor at St. John’s University, member of the N-YHS Center for Women’s History Board of Advisors, and author of Breadwinners: Working Women and Economic Independence, 1865-1920 will introduce us to the women who fought for equality in the industrialized workplace and the struggles they faced. Wine and cheese will be served.
$15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
Saving Washington

Wednesday, March 15, 4:30-6:30pm
Consider the central role women played in the formation of our nation—from Dolley Madison and her contemporaries in the new capital city to antebellum reformers working to expand the meaning of “We the People”–during an interactive tour of Saving Washington and take home the Saving Washington curriculum guide. Pizza will be served.
$15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Teacher Open House 2017
Fourth Floor Reopening Celebration!

Tuesday, April 25, 4:30-6:30pm
Join us in celebrating the grand re-opening of our 4th-floor galleries, featuring The Center for Women’s History, the Gallery of Tiffany Lamps, and the revitalized Luce Center featuring our permanent collection. Mingle with colleagues over wine and cheese, view the galleries and the new curriculum website for the inaugural women’s history exhibit Saving Washington, and learn about our expanded education offerings!
Free with RSVP Register Here

Chancellor’s Day Workshop
Women and the American Story

Thursday, June 8, 8:30am-3:00pm
This workshop will highlight the new Center for Women’s History and explore strategies for integrating the significant contributions of women into your social studies instruction. Tour our galleries and participate in a hands-on classroom activity featuring the Saving Washington curriculum guide. Coffee will be served.
$35 per person ($30 for members)
Teachers for Grades K-5 Register Here
Teachers for Grades 6-12 Register Here  

Summer Workshop
Influential Women of the Early Republic with Catherine Allgor

Saturday, July 22, 10:00am-2:00pm
First Lady Dolley Madison and her sister Washingtonians had a dramatic impact on our young democracy. Learn about this story during a tour of Saving Washington and a lecture by Catherine Allgor, University of California, Riverside professor and author of A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation. Pizza lunch will be served.
$15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

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