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Center for Women's History

Explore women's history through exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and immersive multimedia.

About the Center

In 2017, a substantial portion of the New-York Historical Society’s fourth floor will reopen as the Center for the Study of Women’s History, a cutting-edge museum and hub for scholarship. 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.

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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 the Study of Women’s History is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Joyce B. Cowin, and Jean Margo Reid. Corporate support provided by Hogan Lovells.

Game of Round the World with Nellie Bly", McLoughlin Bros. table game, cardboard, paper, wood, 1890. The Liman Collection, New-York Historical Society.

The Center will develop curricula and lessons plans at the K-12 levels and 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. These resources will be available both onsite and online.

Digital Resources

In collaboration with Columbia University, the Center for the Study of Women’s History is producing a free, open online course, “Women Have Always Worked,” which will be 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 day, and reveals how their work has changed the home, the workplace, and the nation.

Women's History Teacher Events

Summer Workshop
New York Then and Now: Communities and Families
Monday, August 8, 9:30am – 12:30 pm

In this workshop for elementary educators, learn how historic images and objects can enrich student understanding of how communities and families have changed over time. Breakfast will be served.
$15 per person ($10 for Members) Register Here

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