Center for Women's History

The first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum, the Center for Women's History unearths the lives and legacies of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience.

We Rise: A Film from the Center for Women's History

Narrated by Meryl Streep and featuring the song "We Are Here" written and composed by Alicia Keyes, We Rise is an inspiring 17-minute film that highlights some of the remarkable women whose advocacy for change had lasting effects on New York and the nation. Museum visitors can watch the full film every hour on the half hour in the Robert H. Smith Auditorium.

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We Rise: A Film from the Center for Women's History

Narrated by Meryl Streep and featuring the song "We Are Here" written and composed by Alicia Keyes, We Rise is an inspiring 17-minute film that highlights some of the remarkable women whose advocacy for change had lasting effects on New York and the nation. Museum visitors can watch the full film every hour on the half hour in the Robert H. Smith Auditorium.

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Art for Change: The Artist & Homeless Collaborative

Explore the history of modern homelessness in New York City and the response of artists and activists in the 1980s and '90s through the work of the Artist & Homeless Collaborative.

Upcoming Women's History Salons

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Scholarly Resources

Women in the Archive

A guide that explores just a sampling of New-York Historical's archival highlights, culled primarily from manuscript collections and centered on women’s experiences.

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Online Course: "Women Have Always Worked"

The first massive open online course on the history of women in America, it was produced in collaboration with Columbia University and is led by Columbia professor emerita Alice Kessler-Harris.  

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Scholarly Advisor Board

Meet the committee of distinguished historians and experts who advise the Center for Women’s History, ensuring that the latest scholarship is integrated into the narrative of both permanent displays and temporary exhibitions.

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Early Career Workshop

The Center brings together the brightest scholars in our field in order to incubate new ideas and methodologies, establish networks between new and established scholars, and help cultivate research and writing skills.

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships

The Center offers both pre- and postdoctoral fellowships in gender and LGBTQ+ history.

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Diane and Adam E. Max Conference—Past Programs

A catalog of our past annual conferences, including speaker lists and links to program recordings.

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Women & the American Story

Our free curriculum website provides teachers, students, and curious individuals with information about the myriad and often critical roles women played in shaping United States history.

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Shop the Women's History Collection

The NYHistory Store offers a wide range of gifts, books, apparel, and more related to women's history.

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