About the center

In 2017, a substantial portion of the New-York Historical Society’s fourth floor will reopen as the Center for Women’s History, a cutting-edge museum and scholarship hub. This landmark initiative will be the country’s first permanent, public exhibition and educational center dedicated to women’s history. It will highlight the significance of women’s history to the study of the American past and demonstrate how women across the spectrum of race, class, and culture exercised power and brought about change even before they could access the ballot box. Guided by a committee of distinguished historians and informed by the latest research, the Center will combine permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, and a vibrant program of talks and debates to enrich the cultural landscape of New York City.

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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 is provided by
Joyce B. Cowin
Diane and Adam E. Max
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Jean Margo Reid.


Corporate support provided by


Public funds provided by
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in Partnership with the City Council
Empire State Development



Women's Suffrage Study Club Division, followed by The Men's League for Woman Suffrage at West 51st Street, 1913. Gelatin silver photograph, New-York Historical Society, 53389.

Three Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Women’s History will prepare new cadres of historians for work in museums and cultural centers while promoting new scholarship and public initiatives in the field of women’s history. These fellowships will have a unique concentration in public history, enhancing the breadth of New-York Historical’s existing fellowship program, which each year welcomes seven academic-term scholars and many more short-term fellows. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop new exhibitions, identify and pursue relevant materials and collections that could enhance New-York Historical’s women’s history holdings, and help organize programs. The Center’s location within a suite of women’s history galleries will encourage and enhance its public orientation.

For more information regarding fellowships in the Center for Women’s History, please click here.

Fellows at the Center for Women’s History

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Women’s History, 2015-2017
Joanna Scutts, PhD, English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows, 2016-2017
Sarah Litvin, M.Phil, ABD, History
CUNY Graduate Center

Lana Povitz, M.Phil, ABD, History
McGill University

N-YHS Fellows in Women’s History, 2015-2016
Jeanne Gutierrez, M.Phil, History
CUNY Graduate Center

Sarah Gordon, PhD, Senior Postdoctoral Marie Zimmermann Legacy Fellow in Women’s History
Rutgers University

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