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.

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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. & Daria L. Wallach
Deutsche Bank
Claudine and Fred Bacher
James Basker and Angela Vallot
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
Hogan Lovells
The Caroline M. Lowndes Foundation

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

Amérique, terracotta. Bequest of James Hazen Hyde, New-York Historical Society, 1960.40[dup]. (photo: Glenn Castellano)

The Center for Women’s History invites applications for participation in a new scholarly program, the Early Career Workshop (ECW). During academic year 2017–2018, a small cohort of doctoral candidates and new scholars in the fields of women’s and gender history will meet monthly to workshop their writing with a rotating pair of scholars drawn from the Center’s Scholarly Advisory Board. By bringing together the brightest scholars in our field, the Center aims to incubate new ideas and methodologies, establish networks between new and established scholars, and generate future programming. 

Members of the Center for Women’s History Scholarly Advisory Committee 

Alice Kessler-Harris, Chair     Columbia University
Barbara Balliet Blenheim Hill Books
Carol Berkin Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center
Michele Bogart Stony Brook University
Ellen Chesler Roosevelt Institute
Julie Golia Brooklyn Historical Society
Ramona Hernandez City College of New York
Michele Mitchell New York University
Premilla Nadasen Barnard College
Annie Polland Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol Brooklyn College, CUNY
Lara Vapnek St. John’s University
Nancy Woloch Barnard College


Qualifications: Applicants must be a doctoral candidate (ABD) in good standing or a newly minted scholar working on a first book project. The dissertation or book topic must primarily use the methodologies and/or content of gender or women’s history.

Requirements:All ECW participants must commit to attending all eight monthly meetings (exact time TBD), reading and preparing comments for two papers each month, and preparing and circulating their own writing to be workshopped at one meeting during the year. Please note that workshopping meetings will be open to the public and will be followed by optional wine and cheese receptions.

How to Apply:
Send the following materials to Sarah Litvin, Center for Women’s History Early Career Workshop Coordinator, at Sarah.Litvin@nyhistory.org no later than August 15, 2017.

  • Dissertation prospectus or book proposal
  • One-page statement of interest
  • CV
  • 2-3 References (Just names and contact info, no letters needed)
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