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.
"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.
Public funds provided by
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in Partnership with the City Council
Empire State Development
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.
Pre-registration for the conference has closed, but seats will be available on standby on a first-come, first-served basis. Not in New York? Watch the event live on Facebook.
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.