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.
"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
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
Eric J. and Daria L. Wallach
Leah and Michael R. Weisberg
Public funding for the Center for Women’s History
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.
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.
Settler Colonialism and the Revolution, 1692-1783
Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday February 19, 9:00 am-4:00 pm daily; Thursday, February 20, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
This multi-day, one-credit course explores Settler Colonialism and the Revolution, 1692-1783, the new unit of our Women & the American Story curriculum! Explore how women in the 18th century contributed to colonial settlement and dive into the American Revolution to consider women’s contributions on both sides of the conflict. Come away with materials and strategies that will help seamlessly integrate the experiences of women in this era across race, class, age, and geographic location. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 15 CTLE hours. $65 per person. NOTE: There is an additional fee to the ASPDP for those seeking credit. Register Here
Confidence & Crises, 1920-1948
Wednesday, February 19, 9:00 am-12:00 pm; Thursday, February 20 and Friday February 21, 9:00 am-4:00 pm daily
This multi-day, one-credit course explores Confidence & Crises, 1920-1948, the new unit of our Women & the American Story curriculum! Through economic extremes, wartime mobilization, and growing federal regulations, what it meant to be an American was constantly called into question between 1920-1948. Go beyond flappers and Rosie the Riveters to discover how women in this era fought tirelessly to legitimize their place in society. Participants will explore rich primary source materials and life stories to study women’s experiences across racial, ethnic, and economic lines. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will receive 15 CTLE hours. $65 per person. NOTE: There is an additional fee to the ASPDP for those seeking credit. Register Here
Women and Citizenship
Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
How has women’s citizenship changed throughout American history? Tour our exhibition Women March, and participate in hands-on classroom activities using our Women & the American Story curriculum to discuss women’s experiences from coverture to the 19th Amendment to the debates surrounding women’s rights today. Pizza lunch will be served. Participants will receive 4 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here
Pizza & PD
Gender and Citizenship after the 19th Amendment
Wednesday, March 25, 4:30-6:30 pm
The ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 represented a long-awaited victory, but it was only the beginning of the fight for full and equal citizenship for all American women. Tour our exhibition Women March and explore decades of watershed moments that contributed to women’s ever-growing participation in the economic, political, and cultural life of the nation. Pizza will be served. Participants will receive 2 CTLE hours. $15 per person ($10 for members) Register Here