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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.

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series Public Program “Women and the White House: First Mothers” Lesley Stahl, Elizabeth Mehren, Gil Troy, and Cokie Roberts - February 26, 2014.

Guided by its committee of expert scholars, the Center for the Study of Women’s History will present a full calendar of public events in both the 420-seat Robert H. Smith Auditorium and in a smaller, salon-like setting, and will convene the annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference in Women’s History to explore topics of particular importance in women’s history.

Corporate support provided by Hogan Lovells

Sunday, June 26, 2016, 5:00 pm
Heroes and Heroines: Women in Shakespeare
Michael Witmore, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Guest actors from the Public Theater to be announced.

Presented by the New-York Historical Society in Collaboration with the Center for the Study of Women’s History. Corporate support provided by Hogan Lovells.



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