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Center for Women's History

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

About the center

Our Center for Women’s History is the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum. At the Center, we explore the lives and legacies of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience. As a hub for scholarship and education, the Center demonstrates how women across the spectrum of race, class, and sexuality exercised power and effected change. 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 creating new opportunities for 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

"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.

Digital Resources

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.
 

Teacher Events

Summer Workshop
Conservation in History: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife
Friday, July 13, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Tour our exhibition, Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife, and use objects, clothing, and paintings from our Audubon collection to discover how widespread commercial hunting inspired a wave of environmental activism that resulted in the Migratory Bird Act of 1918 and significant changes in the way Americans think about conservation. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members)  Register Here
P-Credit Course
American Women at War: 1776-1865
Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17, 9 am – 4 pm daily

This two-day, one-credit course focuses on the role of American women in wartime, from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Engage in hands-on classroom activities and interactive gallery tours that will prepare you to effectively incorporate the experiences of women into your lessons. $65 per person (Note: Those seeking credit must also register with the ASPDP Office at the NYCDOE). Register Here
Summer Workshop
Women’s History: In the Shoes of Our Foremothers
Tuesday, July 17, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Tour Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes and learn about American history through the lens of material and consumer culture to discover what shoes can tell us about American economic history and women as makers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members)  Register Here
Summer Workshop
Women and the American Story: The Early Colonial Period, 1500-1740
Tuesday, August 7, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Get a sneak preview of the colonial unit of our curriculum guide Women and the American Story. Uncover the active roles women of diverse backgrounds played in the early colonial period across New England, New Netherland, New Spain, and New France. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Summer Workshop
Women and the American Story: Modernizing America, 1889-1920
Wednesday, August 8, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Get a sneak preview of the Progressive Era unit of our curriculum guide Women and the American Story. Discover how diverse women across the country fought tirelessly to redefine their roles in the home, the workplace, and the voting booth between 1889 and 1920. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
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