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.
"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. & Daria L. Wallach
Diana and Joseph DiMenna
Claudine and Fred Bacher
James Basker and Angela Vallot
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
The Caroline M. Lowndes Foundation
Public funding for the Center for Women’s History
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
"Round the World with Nellie Bly", McLoughlin Bros. table game, cardboard, paper, wood, 1890. The Liman Collection, New-York Historical Society.
The Center is developing curricula and lessons plans at the K-12 levels to 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. Learn more about our curriculum, “Women and the American Story.”
In partnership with our Education Department, we also offer regular professional development opportunities for teachers that highlight women’s history. A list of upcoming programs is below. View our complete teacher workshop calendar.
In collaboration with Columbia University, the Center for Women’s History has produced the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) focusing on women’s history. Women Have Always Worked, Parts I & II, is now 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 and reveals how their work has changed the home, the workplace, and the nation. Enroll in this free course today.
Upcoming Women's History Teacher Events
Pizza & PD
Wednesday, December 13, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Tour the newest exhibition in our Center for Women’s History, and learn about the vibrant political and artistic scene of Greenwich Village in the early 20th century. Through primary sources, meet the individuals who came together across social and racial boundaries to fight for women’s rights in the workplace, the home, and, most importantly, the voting booth. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
High School Chancellor’s Day
Hotbed: Sex, Suffrage, and Social Change in Bohemian New York
Monday, January 29, 8:30 am – 3 pm
In the early 20th century, New York City’s Greenwich Village was a hotbed of social activism. Tour our new exhibition, Hotbed, and participate in classroom-based breakout sessions that highlight the role immigrants, socialists, artists, and radicals played in transforming American society and culture. Coffee will be served. $35 per person Register Here
Pizza & PD
Women and the Industrial Age: A New Light on Tiffany
Thursday, February 8, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Tour the beautiful Gallery of Tiffany Lamps and learn about the often overlooked story of head designer Clara Driscoll and the uncredited “Tiffany Girls” to deepen your understanding of women’s lives at the turn of the 20th century. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Breaking the Rules: Women Reformers, 1800-1860
Thursday, March 15, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Using resources from our Saving Washington curriculum guide, consider how women in the first half of the 19th century redefined their role in society and pushed the boundaries of what it meant to be a female citizen in the United States. Pizza will be served. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here