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 sexuality 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 presents a full calendar of public events. Join us for exciting programs and intimate conversations with scholars, journalists, artists, writers, businesswomen, and more amazing leaders of today.

Lead support for the Center for Women's History programs provided by Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E Max, Jean Margo Reid, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Upcoming Events

Center for Women's History Salon with Samantha Bee and Irin Carmon
June 25, 7 pm, Dexter Hall
Join us for a riveting discussion from two of current media's most enthralling (and entertaining) minds. Emmy-winning journalist and comedian Samantha Bee joins author and journalist Irin Carmon to discuss women, politics, and the media today.

Samantha Bee is the host of the weekly late night Emmy-winning comedy series Full Frontal with Samantha BeeIrin Carmon is a journalist and author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Past Events:

Sob Sisters and Life Coaches
April 10, 7 – 8 pm, Skylight Gallery
Professional advice-givers have been answering Americans' thorniest, most intimate questions since before the nation was founded. Women came to prominence in the field partly in reaction to the emotional conservatism of the 19th century. Apart from giving advice, they were also generous purveyors of either empathy or encouragement—and sometimes both. In conversation with Center for Women's History Director Valerie Paley, Jessica Weisberg discusses her new book, Asking for a Friend: Three Centuries of Advice on Life, Love, Money, and Other Burning Questions from a Nation Obsessed, with Center for Women’s History director Valerie Paley.

The War Against Breast Cancer
April 9, 6 – 7 pm, Skylight Gallery
​Biographer and journalist Susan Hertog joins us at the Museum for a conversation with New-York Historical Society President & CEO​ Louise Mirrer, Ph.D., about entrepreneur and philanthropist Evelyn Lauder, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and ​​The War Against Breast Cancer​.​ Refreshments will be served.

Art and Women's Rights
March 16, 5:30 – 7 pm, Skylight Gallery
How did art promote women’s rights at the turn of the 20th century? Join us as historian and printmaker Carole Turbin, historian April F. Masten—author of Art Work: Women Artists and Democracy in Mid-Nineteenth Century New York—and curator Sarah Gordon discuss the role of art in the fight for suffrage. We’ll journey together on a casual walk through our Hotbed exhibition to explore activism and the influence of the Greenwich Village bohemian scene on the New York suffrage movement as well as how activists used visuals to seek social and political change.

Monumental Women: A Statue for Central Park 
March 9, 5:30 – 7 pm, Skylight Gallery
Central Park currently boasts 23 statues of men. Conspicuously absent among them are portrayals of real women. Michele H. Bogart, professor of American visual culture studies at Stony Brook University, and Pam Elam, president of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund discuss the recent initiative to bring depictions of women's right's pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony into the park and into the larger conversation.

Women and Work
January 17, 2018 – 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.”

Women of the Village
December 15, 2017 – 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.

Women in Journalism in the 21st Century 
November 28, 2017 – 7 pm cocktails - 7:30 pm discussion 
Join Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC host and national correspondent, and Irin Carmon, journalist, commentator, and author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for a conversation on women in journalism in the 21st Century.

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