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

Alice Kessler-Harris gives the keynote at the 2016 Diane and Adam E. Max Conference in Women’s History, March 6 2016. Photo: Don Pollard

A committee of distinguished historians and experts will advise the Center for Women’s History during its planning stages and after it opens, ensuring that the latest scholarship is integrated into the narrative of both permanent displays and temporary exhibitions. These scholars will help determine how historical issues will be represented, and how to make specialist knowledge accessible for a general audience.

Alice Kessler-Harris, Chair Columbia University
Barbara Balliet Blenheim Hill Books
Carol Berkin Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center
Michele Bogart Stony Brook University
Ellen Chesler Roosevelt Institute
Julie Golia Brooklyn Historical Society
Michele Mitchell New York University
Premilla Nadasen Barnard College
Annie Polland The Tenement Museum
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol Brooklyn College, CUNY
Lara Vapnek St. John’s University
Nancy Woloch Barnard College
Ramona Hernandez City College of New York

 

For New-York Historical Society:

Valerie Paley                              Director of the Center for Women’s History
Sharon Dunn Vice President for Education
Margi Hofer Vice President and Museum Director
Marci Reaven Vice President, History Exhibitions
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