Women's History Month

EXHIBITIONS

Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean
On view through May 27
Get up close with Saar’s moving work on washboards that reclaim derogatory images such as Aunt Jemimas, Uncle Toms, sambos, and mammies and create representations of strength and perseverance.

Gallery of Tiffany Lamps
Ongoing
Marvel at 100 glowing glass lamps and discover the story of Clara Driscoll—head designer at Tiffany Studios and manager of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department—whose story was almost lost to history.

SPECIAL INSTALLATIONS

Signs of Progress
March 1–31
Throughout history, women have marched for cultural progress, proudly voicing messages of optimism and empowerment through the incredible signs they proudly hold. Presented in partnership with Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker, this commemorative display features signs preserved from women’s marches across the nation.
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Ladies’ Garments, Women’s Work, Women’s Activism
On view through July 21
For nearly 200 years, women from across the globe have labored in New York’s garment industry. Learn about their activism and the unions they organized—particularly the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union—which became some of the most important organizations of women in U.S. history.

Female Remedies
On view through May 27
See how unregulated “patent medicines” were big business before the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 forced manufacturers to list ingredients—and how these products were shrewdly marketed to women desperate to conform to social rules.

Women’s Voices: Shaping the City  
Ongoing at City Hall in Lower Manhattan
Our Center for Women's History is proud to collaborate with the New York City Council to launch a new display celebrating women who have transformed New York—the first portraits of women to grace the walls of City Hall.  

EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES

Women & the American Story
Available for free online
Did you know only 13 percent of historical figures in US history textbooks are women? Created in partnership with IBM, this groundbreaking digital curriculum guide allows educators to bring the diverse stories of American women into the classroom like never before. 

PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Ninety-Nine Years Since Prohibition
2019 Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History
Sunday, March 3
Join us for our 4th annual women’s history conference as scholars explore how women advocated for—and fought against—Prohibition.

Women You Wish You’d Heard About: Native Responses to Colonization, 1492–1700
Monday, March 4
Head back to the classroom and learn how women in America responded to the crisis of colonization—and how their actions shaped relations between Native and European communities in the centuries to come.

Madame Fourcade and the French Resistance Against Hitler
Tuesday, March 5
Discover the almost remarkable story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the leader of the largest spy network in France during World War II.

Film: Pat and Mike
Friday, March 8
Annette Gordon-Reed, Robert R. Reed, and Ron Simon introduce this Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey gem from 1952.

Women You Wish You’d Heard About: Picturing Women in the Early Colonial Era
Monday, March 11
At this session of our Back in Class series, examine art produced during and about the early colonial era and search for clues about the lives of women during that time.

All the Single Ladies: “Women’s Only” Buildings in Early 20th-century New York
Wednesday, March 13
How did early 1900s single women in NYC navigate independent living? Historian Nina Harkrader shares the history of women-only housing—a key component to working women’s lives between 1880 and 1930.

Tour—Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean
Wednesday, March 13
Led by a museum docent,  see work by the master of American Assemblage Art and consider the role of the humble washboard as an emblem of women’s work—and empowerment.

Labor and the Black Body: The Slave Ship Icon in the Work of Betye Saar
Friday, March 15
Author Cheryl Finley and curator Wendy Ikemoto discuss the iconic 18th-century print of the slave ship Brookes—now a worldwide symbol of the barbaric reality of slavery—and its role in Betye Saar’s artwork.

Women You Wish You’d Heard About: Suffrage and Fighting for (and Against) the Vote, 1889–1920
Monday, March 18
Through engaging discussion and a look at original historic objects and documents, dive deep into the history of the Progressive Era and hear the stories of diverse women who fought for (and against) suffrage.

First: Sandra Day O’Connor
Monday, March 18
Legal scholar Ahkil Reed Amar and journalist Evan Thomas look at the trailblazing career of America’s first female Supreme Court justice.

Franklin and Eleanor
Thursday, March 21
Historian Blanche Wiesen Cook and New-York Historical Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley explore the sometimes contentious relationship between America’s longest-serving First Lady and one of the nation’s most revered presidents.

Reconfiguring the Past with Nell Painter
Friday, March 22
Historian and artist Nell Painter joins Center for Women’s History director Valerie Paley to explore her work at the intersection of art and history.

Women You Wish You’d Heard About: Labor Rights and Activism
Monday, March 25
Led by a museum educator, dive deep into the stories of unions, strikes, lawsuits, and the fierce women who helped protect workers in a changing American through historic objects and original documents.

Deviant Female Dining
Thursday, March 28
How have Chinese restaurants been sites of rebellion and self-expression for New York women? Heather Lee uncovers their fascinating social history.

Garment Work and Women’s Organizing in New York City
Friday, March 29
In honor of the anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, scholars explore the history of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union—once the largest union of women in the world.
 

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Living History: Founding Black Harlem
Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3
Travel back to early 20th-century Harlem and chat with its leading residents! Meet Madam C.J. Walker, pioneering entrepreneur, and soldiers from the esteemed Harlem Hellfighters.

Living History: Meet Harriet Tubman
Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10
Meet the amazing Harriet Tubman, portrayed by a Living Historian, and discover the tales, tools, and techniques of how Tubman and many emancipated people evaded capture and found their way north.

Reading into History Family Book Club: Zora and Me
Sunday, March 10
Join Coretta Scott King Award-winning authors Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon as we discuss their riveting fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood, Zora & Me.

Living History: Votes for Women!
Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17
March with suffragists! Meet Living Historians from the early 20th century who helped win the right to vote for women across the nation.

Living History: Meet Madam C.J. Walker
Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24
Chat with the trailblazing Madam C.J. Walker! Get a close look at the hair products Walker sold, get hands-on with turn-of-the-century styling tools, and discover how she became a millionaire.

Living History: Women, the Extraordinary Soldiers of the Civil War
Saturday, March 30
Did you know that as many as 1,000 women fought in the Civil War? Meet Living Historians who recreate and share the underrepresented contributions to war efforts by women.

Living History: Deborah Sampson
Sunday, March 31
Deborah Sampson was the first woman to enlist, fight, and be honorably discharged from the U.S. military! Discover the incredible story of how she disguised her gender to join the American Revolution. 

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