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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.


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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

The Estate of Jean Dubinsky Appleton
Claudine and Fred Bacher
James Basker and Angela Vallot
Joyce B. Cowin 
Deutsche Bank 
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
Michelle Smith 
Eric J. and Daria L. Wallach 
Susan Waterfall
Leah and Michael R. Weisberg

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

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 

Members of the Early Career Workshop, 2019-20.

The Center for Women’s History proudly presents our Early Career Workshop

The Center for Women’s History invites applications for participation in the fourth cohort of our Early Career Workshop (ECW). During the academic year 2020–2021, a select group of doctoral candidates and new scholars in the fields of American women’s and gender history will meet monthly to workshop their writing with a rotating pair of scholars drawn from the Center for Women's History Scholarly Advisory Board. The ECW also offers private tours of N-YHS exhibits with curators and two seminars during the academic year: one with a professional writing coach on strategies for radical revision and generative prompts and a second with an editor from an academic press on scholarly publishing.

By bringing together the brightest scholars in our field, the Center for Women's History aims to incubate new ideas and methodologies, establish networks between new and established scholars, and help cultivate research and writing skills.

To Apply
Applicants must be doctoral candidates (ABD) currently in the writing stages of a dissertation or a newly-minted PhD working on a book proposal or first book manuscript. The dissertation or book topic must primarily use methodologies and content related to gender or women’s history. The central geography of the project must be in the United States. The ECW especially welcomes applications from scholars working on the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability as well as scholars working to promote social and political equity.

All ECW participants must commit to attending nine monthly meetings between September 2020 and May 2021, reading and preparing comments for two papers each month, and preparing and circulating their own writing to be workshopped at one meeting during the year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the workshop will meet  remotely via Zoom.

The Early Career Workshop welcomes applicants of all genders, backgrounds, and abilities.

To apply, please click here

Please direct any questions to Nicole Mahoney, PhD, Center for Women’s History Early Career Workshop Coordinator, at nicole.mahoney@nyhistory.org.

2019–2020 Early Career Workshop Participants

Rachel Bunker Rutgers University
Sandra Chiritescu Columbia University
Sherri Cummings Brown University
Devon Golaszewski Columbia University
Anna Danziger Halperin, PhD New-York Historical Society
Brooke Lansing Johns Hopkins University
Miriam Liebman The Graduate Center, CUNY
Nicole Mahoney University of Maryland, College Park
Natalie Shibley, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Brenann Sutter Rutgers University
Sarah Templier Johns Hopkins University
Kaitlin Tonti, PhD Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Pamela Walker Rutgers University
Elizabeth Weinfield, PhD The Graduate Center, CUNY
Caitlin Wiesner Rutgers University

2019-2020 Early Career Workshop biographies and abstracts.

Members of the Center for Women’s History Scholarly Advisory Board

Alice Kessler-Harris, Chair             Columbia University
Blanche Wiesen Cook John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center
Hasia Diner New York University
Linda Gordon New York University
Kathleen McCarthy City College and CUNY Graduate Center
Michele Mitchell New York University
Premilla Nadasen Barnard College
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol Brooklyn College, CUNY
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg University of Michigan
Amy Srebnick Montclair State University
Deborah Grey White Rutgers University


Members of the Center for Women’s History Scholarly Advisory Committee

Barbara Balliet Blenheim Hill Books
Carol Berkin Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center
Michele Bogart Stony Brook University
Julie Golia Brooklyn Historical Society
Linda Kerber University of Iowa
Annie Polland American Jewish Historical Society
Vicki Ruiz University of California, Irvine
Lara Vapnek St. John’s University
Nancy Woloch Barnard College


For New-York Historical Society

Louise Mirrer President and CEO
Valerie Paley Senior Vice President, Director, Center for Women’s History
Margi Hofer Vice President and Museum Director
Mia Nagawiecki Vice President for Education
Marci Reaven Vice President, History Exhibitions


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