Center for Women's History
Explore women's history through exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and immersive multimedia.
About the center
Our Center for Women’s History is the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum. At the Center, we explore the lives and legacies of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience. As a hub for scholarship and education, the Center demonstrates how women across the spectrum of race, class, and sexuality exercised power and effected change. 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 creating new opportunities for historical discovery.
"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
The Estate of Jean Dubinsky Appleton
Claudine and Fred Bacher
James Basker and Angela Vallot
Joyce B. Cowin
Diana and Joseph DiMenna
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles
Susan and Roger Hertog
Susan and Robert Klein
The Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund
Diane and Adam E. Max
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Jennifer and John Monsky
Amanda and Neal Moszkowski
Jean Margo Reid
Pan and Scott Schafler
Eric J. and Daria L. Wallach
Leah and Michael R. Weisberg
Public funding for the Center for Women’s History
The New York City Council
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Empire State Development and I Love New York under
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Development Council Initiative
Institute of Museum and Library Services
"Round the World with Nellie Bly", McLoughlin Bros. table game, cardboard, paper, wood, 1890. The Liman Collection, New-York Historical Society.
The Center is developing curricula and lessons plans at the K-12 levels to 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. Learn more about our curriculum, “Women and the American Story.”
In partnership with our Education Department, we also offer regular professional development opportunities for teachers that highlight women’s history. A list of upcoming programs is below. View our complete teacher workshop calendar.
In collaboration with Columbia University, the Center for Women’s History has produced the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) focusing on women’s history. Women Have Always Worked, Parts I & II, is now 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.
Conservation in History: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife
Friday, July 13, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tour our exhibition, Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife, and use objects, clothing, and paintings from our Audubon collection to discover how widespread commercial hunting inspired a wave of environmental activism that resulted in the Migratory Bird Act of 1918 and significant changes in the way Americans think about conservation. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here