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.

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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

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
Deutsche Bank
Claudine and Fred Bacher
James Basker and Angela Vallot
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
Hogan Lovells
The Caroline M. Lowndes Foundation

Public funding for the Center for Women’s History
provided by

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

Unidentified Artist, Excelsior (detail), ca. 1775–1800. New-York Historical Society, X.731

Sex and the Constitution
Sun, March 4th, 2018 | 9 AM–4 PM

New-York Historical’s Center for Women’s History is pleased to present the third annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History, a cornerstone of the Center’s suite of public and scholarly programs. This year, the day-long event will focus on “Sex and the Constitution,” featuring a keynote address and three panel discussions exploring the historical context and impact of landmark Supreme Court decisions on marriage, sexuality, and equal rights, which continue to define who we are as a nation.

Pre-registration for the conference is open, but seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Morning Session | 9 AM–12 PM
Afternoon Session | 1–4 PM

Please note that there are separate registrations for the morning and afternoon sessions. Please reserve a ticket to both the morning and afternoon sessions if you plan on attending the entire conference.

Major funding for the programs of the Center for Women’s History has been 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, Deutsche Bank, Claudine and Fred Bacher, James Basker and Angela Vallot, The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Hogan Lovells, and The Caroline M. Lowndes Foundation.

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