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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
Pam 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 

Members of the Early Career Workshop, 2018-19.

The Center for Women’s History proudly presents our Early Career Workshop

The Center for Women’s History announces the fifth cohort of its Early Career Workshop (ECW). During the academic year 2020–2021, a select group of doctoral candidates and new scholars in the fields of American women’s and gender history will meet monthly to workshop their writing with a rotating pair of scholars drawn from the Center for Women's History Scholarly Advisory Board. The ECW also offers private tours of N-YHS exhibits with curators and two seminars during the academic year: one with a professional writing coach on strategies for radical revision and generative prompts and a second with an editor from an academic press on scholarly publishing.

By bringing together the brightest scholars in our field, the Center for Women's History aims to incubate new ideas and methodologies, establish networks between new and established scholars, and help cultivate research and writing skills.

To Apply

Please submit your application materials through the Interfolio portal here

Applicants must be doctoral candidates (ABD) currently in the writing stages of a dissertation or a newly-minted PhD working on a book proposal or first book manuscript. The dissertation or book topic must primarily use methodologies and content related to gender or women’s history. The central geography of the project must be in the United States. The ECW especially welcomes applications from scholars working on the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability as well as scholars working to promote social and political equity.

All ECW participants must commit to attending nine monthly meetings between September 2021 and May 2022, 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. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the workshop will meet remotely via Zoom.

The Early Career Workshop welcomes applicants of all genders, backgrounds, and abilities.

Application Instructions
Please submit the following materials by Friday, September 10, 2021:

  • 25-page writing sample   
  • 1-page statement of interest  
  • CV

Please direct any questions to womenshistory@nyhistory.org.

2020–2021 Early Career Workshop Participants

Jennifer Ash, Ph.D. National Women’s Studies Association
Chris Babits, Ph.D. Utah State University 
Caylin Carbonell, Ph.D. American Antiquarian Society
Jessica Criales, Ph.D. Lake Forest College
Anna Danziger Halperin, Ph.D. New-York Historical Society, CUNY SPS
Tiffany Gonzalez, Ph.D. Tulane University
Hannah Greene New York University 
Jeanne Gutierrez    New-York Historical Society, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Marissa Jenrich University of California, Los Angeles
Tracey Johnson Rutgers University, New-York Historical Society
Jessica Larson The Graduate Center, CUNY
Nicole Mahoney, Ph.D. New-York Historical Society, CUNY SPS
Geneva Smith Princeton University
Bren Sutter Rutgers University, New-York Historical Society 
Samantha White, Ph.D. SUNY-Plattsburgh


2020-2021 Early Career Workshop biographies and abstracts.

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

Alice Kessler-Harris, Chair             Columbia University
Blanche Wiesen Cook John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Hasia Diner New York University
Linda Gordon New York University
Kathleen McCarthy The Graduate Center, CUNY
Michele Mitchell New York University
Premilla Nadasen Barnard College
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol Brooklyn College, CUNY
Joyce Seltzer Harvard University Press
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg University of Michigan
Amy Srebnick Montclair State University
Jennifer Tammi Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Deborah Grey White Rutgers University


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

Barbara Balliet Blenheim Hill Books
Carol Berkin Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Michele Bogart Stony Brook University
Julie Golia Brooklyn Historical Society
Ramona Hernández The City College of New York
Linda Kerber University of Iowa
Annie Polland American Jewish Historical Society
Vicki Ruiz University of California, Irvine
Lara Vapnek St. John’s University
Nancy Woloch Barnard College


For New-York Historical Society

Louise Mirrer President and CEO
Valerie Paley Senior Vice President, Director, Center for Women’s History
Margi Hofer Vice President and Museum Director
Mia Nagawiecki Vice President for Education
Marci Reaven Vice President, History Exhibitions


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