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 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.
"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
Diana and Joseph DiMenna
Claudine and Fred Bacher
James Basker and Angela Vallot
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
The Caroline M. Lowndes Foundation
Public funding for the Center for Women’s History
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
Small Design Firm Inc.
The large-format, permanent multimedia installation “Women’s Voices” will present a diverse array of stories, exploring how women’s words and actions have driven social change from America’s earliest days to the present. The interactive display will give voice to famous and forgotten women, and the movements and networks to which they belonged, alongside video commentary from leading historians and thinkers in women’s studies. Visitors to the Center will have the opportunity to discover new role models, pursue unexpected links between historical figures across time, and contribute their own stories to an ever-expanding network of knowledge.