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

The Estate of Jean Dubinsky Appleton
Claudine and Fred Bacher
James Basker and Angela Vallot
Joyce B. Cowin 
Deutsche Bank 
Diana and Joseph DiMenna
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation 
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation 
Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles 
Susan and Roger Hertog
Susan and Robert Klein 
The Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund 
Diane and Adam E. Max
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 
Jennifer and John Monsky
Amanda and Neal Moszkowski
Jean Margo Reid
Pan and Scott Schafler
Michelle Smith 
Eric J. and Daria L. Wallach 
Susan Waterfall
Leah and Michael R. Weisberg

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

The New York City Council 

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs 

Empire State Development and I Love New York under 

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Development Council Initiative 

Institute of Museum and Library Services 

"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

Saturday Workshop
From Early Encounters to the Travel Ban: Women and the Immigrant Experience
Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Since the early colonial period, women have emigrated into the country and faced challenges upon their arrival. Through a classroom session using our Women & the American Story curriculum and a lecture from immigration historian Julia Rose Kraut, consider the experiences of women as immigrants from the 1400s through today. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Pizza & PD
Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman
Tuesday, May 21, 4:30-6:30 pm

Tour the exhibition Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman, and explore how her work as an artist, educator, and activist celebrated Black American culture, catalyzed social change, and inspired a generation of emerging artists during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Chancellor’s Day
Hands-On Humanities: Arts Integration for Little Learners
Thursday, June 6, 8:30 am-3:00 pm

How can we use visual arts to engage younger learners in a deeper understanding of the past? Using visual thinking strategies, gallery tours, and hands-on art-making activities inspired by our Women & the American Story curriculum, discover accessible practices for using arts integration to inspire investigative discovery and creative thinking in the K-5 audience. Coffee will be served. Participants will receive 5.5 CTLE hours. $35 per person ($30 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
LIFE’s Women
Monday, July 8, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

For decades, Americans saw the world through the lens of LIFE magazine’s photographers. Tour our exhibition LIFE’s Women to discover how the six women photographers on the magazine’s staff between the 1930s and the 1970s helped expand the mission of the magazine. Then participate in classroom sessions that consider how to effectively teach women’s history using photography as a primary source. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Enslaved Women in New York
Monday, July 22, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

How did women experience slavery at the intersection of race and gender? Using materials from our New World, New Netherland, New YorkSlavery in New York; and Women & the American Story curricula, consider the roles and lives of enslaved women from the early colonial period through the early 19thcentury. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Shaping the Past: Women in Historical Sculpture
Monday, July 29, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

What can a work of art tell us about the person it depicts, the person that created it, and the time period in which they lived? Engage with our vast sculpture collection and tour the exhibition Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman to learn how to analyze different types of sculpture in your classroom and discuss the experiences of women throughout history. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Native Women: Teaching Social History and Responses to Colonization
Tuesday, August 13, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Using materials from the Early Encounters unit of our Women & the American Story curriculum discuss the roles of women in various Native American societies and explore the different ways these women responded to colonization. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Xenophobia and Racism in the Progressive Era
Thursday, August 15, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Using materials from the Modernizing America unit of our Women & the American Story curriculum, discuss how xenophobia and racism shaped the lives of black women, immigrants, and other minority groups during the turn of the 20th century and how it contradicted the ideals of the Progressive Era and its spirit of social reform. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

Summer Workshop
Intersectionality & the Black Panther Party with Mary Phillips and Robyn Spencer
Wednesday, August 21, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Women in grassroots movements had to navigate the intersection of gender and race in their efforts to affect change. This special session will include a talk from Professors Mary Phillips and Robyn Spencer, followed by a workshop that will use resources from their Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project to discuss the critical roles that women played as Black Panthers, and how they worked to challenge gender roles and stereotypes within the party. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 3 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here

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