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

Women's Suffrage Study Club Division, followed by The Men's League for Woman Suffrage at West 51st Street, 1913. Gelatin silver photograph, New-York Historical Society, 53389.

Three Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Women’s History will prepare new cadres of historians for work in museums and cultural centers while promoting new scholarship and public initiatives in the field of women’s history. These fellowships will have a unique concentration in public history, enhancing the breadth of New-York Historical’s existing fellowship program, which each year welcomes seven academic-term scholars and many more short-term fellows. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop new exhibitions, identify and pursue relevant materials and collections that could enhance New-York Historical’s women’s history holdings, and help organize programs. The Center’s location within a suite of women’s history galleries will encourage and enhance its public orientation.

For more information regarding fellowships in the Center for Women’s History, please click here.

Fellows at the Center for Women’s History

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Women’s History, 2015-2017
Joanna Scutts, PhD, English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows, 2016-2017
Sarah Litvin, M.Phil, ABD, History
CUNY Graduate Center

Lana Povitz, M.Phil, ABD, History
McGill University

N-YHS Fellows in Women’s History, 2015-2016
Jeanne Gutierrez, M.Phil, History
CUNY Graduate Center

Sarah Gordon, PhD, Senior Postdoctoral Marie Zimmermann Legacy Fellow in Women’s History
Rutgers University

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