Center for Women's History

Explore women's history through exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and immersive multimedia.

About the center

In 2017, a substantial portion of the New-York Historical Society’s fourth floor will reopen as the Center for Women’s History, a cutting-edge museum and scholarship hub. This landmark initiative will be the country’s first permanent, public exhibition and educational center dedicated to women’s history. It will highlight the significance of women’s history to the study of the American past and demonstrate how women across the spectrum of race, class, and culture exercised power and brought about change even before they could access the ballot box. Guided by a committee of distinguished historians and informed by the latest research, the Center will combine permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, and a vibrant program of talks and debates to enrich the cultural landscape of New York City.

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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 is provided by
Joyce B. Cowin
Diane and Adam E. Max
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Jean Margo Reid.

 

Corporate support provided by

 

Public funds provided by
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in Partnership with the City Council
Empire State Development

 

 

"Weekend with History: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the Early American Republic." Carol Berkin - April 9, 2016. Photo: Don Pollard

Guided by its committee of expert scholars, the Center for Women’s History will present a full calendar of public events in both the 420-seat Robert H. Smith Auditorium and in a smaller, salon-like setting.

Corporate support provided by Hogan Lovells

Upcoming Events:

An Evening with Billie Jean King
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 6:30 PM
Featuring: Billie Jean King, David M. Rubenstein (moderator)
Presented by the New-York Historical Society in Collaboration with the Center for Women’s History.

Women and the White House
Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 6:30 PM
Featuring: Carol Berkin, Annette Gordon-Reed, Gil Troy, Lesley Stahl (moderator)
Presented by the New-York Historical Society in Collaboration with the Center for Women’s History.

Woman of the Year (1942)
Friday, March 24, 2017 | 7 PM
Opening Remarks: Kati Marton
Presented by the New-York Historical Society in Collaboration with the Center for Women’s History.

Dolley Madison and the White House
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 6:30 PM
Featuring: Carol Berkin, Cokie Roberts
Presented by the New-York Historical Society in Collaboration with the Center for Women’s History.

 

 

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