Center for Women's History

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

About the center

Our new Center for Women’s History—the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum—reveals the untold stories of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience. As a hub for scholarship and education, the new Center demonstrates how women across the spectrum of race, class, and culture exercised power and effected change before they could even access the ballot box. 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 ushering in a new era of 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

Joyce B. Cowin
Diane and Adam E. Max
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Jean Margo Reid
The Estate of Jean Dubinsky Appleton
Eric J. and Daria L. Wallach
Diana and Joseph DiMenna
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Deutsche Bank
Claudine and Fred Bacher
James Basker and Angela Vallot
The Caroline M. Lowndes Foundation
Leah and Michael R. Weisberg 

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

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,
in partnership with the City Council

Empire State Development and I LOVE NEW YORK
under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s
Regional Economic Development Council Initiative

Women’s History Salon series "A discussion of women in journalism in the 21st century." Irin Carmon and Joy-Ann Reid - November 28, 2017.
Photo: Sean Turi

Guided by its committee of expert scholars, the Center for 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.

Corporate support provided by Hogan Lovells

Upcoming Events:

December 15
Women of the Village

5 pm tour - 6 pm discussion
Leading scholars and Center for Women’s History Advisory Board members Blanche Wiesen Cook and Lara Vapnek talk with Hotbed curators Sarah Gordon and Joanna Scutts about how bohemian Greenwich Village incubated women's activism in early 20th-century New York. Before the discussion, join us for a curator-led tour of the exhibition.

January 17
Women and Work

7 pm cocktails - 7:30 pm discussion
New-York Historical’s President & CEO Louise Mirrer sits down with Ellevest CEO and co-founder Sallie Krawcheck to discuss women and work. Check out Krawcheck’s piece last week in the New York Times, “The Cost of Devaluing Women.”

Creative: Tronvig Group