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
Women’s Strike for Equality, Fifth Avenue, New York, August 26, 1970. Photograph by Eugene Gordon, PR 248. Gift of Eugene and Miriam Gordon, New-York Historical Society, 78774d
Reproductive Rights in Historical Context
Sun, March 5th, 2017
New-York Historical’s Center for Women’s History is pleased to present the second annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History, organized to coincide with the opening of the Center on the newly renovated fourth floor. This year, the day-long event will focus on the history of reproductive justice, featuring a keynote address and three panel discussions exploring the context of this fundamental issue. Topics to be addressed include the fluctuating legal and cultural status of contraception throughout American history, the evolution of obstetrics and gynecological medicine, and the role of race and class in the birth control movement.
Major funding for the Center for Women’s History and its programs has been provided by Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Jean Margo Reid. Corporate support provided by Hogan Lovells.