Center for Women's History
Explore women's history through public and scholarly programming, education, special exhibitions, and an immersive multimedia film.
About the center
In 2017, a substantial portion of the New-York Historical Society’s fourth floor will reopen as the Center for Women’s History, a cutting-edge museum and scholarship hub. This landmark initiative will be the country’s first permanent, public exhibition and educational center dedicated to women’s history. It will highlight the significance of women’s history to the study of the American past and demonstrate how women across the spectrum of race, class, and culture exercised power and brought about change even before they could access the ballot box. Guided by a committee of distinguished historians and informed by the latest research, the Center will combine permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, and a vibrant program of talks and debates to enrich the cultural landscape of New York City.
"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 is provided by
Joyce B. Cowin
Diane and Adam E. Max
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Jean Margo Reid.
Public funds provided by
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in Partnership with the City Council
Empire State Development
Alice Kessler-Harris gives the keynote at the 2016 Diane and Adam E. Max Conference in Women’s History, March 6 2016. Photo: Don Pollard
A committee of distinguished historians and experts will advise the Center for Women’s History during its planning stages and after it opens, ensuring that the latest scholarship is integrated into the narrative of both permanent displays and temporary exhibitions. These scholars will help determine how historical issues will be represented, and how to make specialist knowledge accessible for a general audience.
|Alice Kessler-Harris, Chair||Columbia University|
|Barbara Balliet||Blenheim Hill Books|
|Carol Berkin||Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center|
|Michele Bogart||Stony Brook University|
|Ellen Chesler||Roosevelt Institute|
|Julie Golia||Brooklyn Historical Society|
|Michele Mitchell||New York University|
|Premilla Nadasen||Barnard College|
|Annie Polland||The Tenement Museum|
|Virginia Sanchez-Korrol||Brooklyn College, CUNY|
|Lara Vapnek||St. John’s University|
|Nancy Woloch||Barnard College|
|Ramona Hernandez||City College of New York|
For New-York Historical Society:
|Valerie Paley||Director of the Center for Women’s History|
|Sharon Dunn||Vice President for Education|
|Margi Hofer||Vice President and Museum Director|
|Marci Reaven||Vice President, History Exhibitions|