About the center

Our Center for Women’s History is the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum. At the Center, we explore the lives and legacies of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience. As a hub for scholarship and education, the Center demonstrates how women across the spectrum of race, class, and sexuality exercised power and effected change. 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 creating new opportunities for 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

The Estate of Jean Dubinsky Appleton
Claudine and Fred Bacher
James Basker and Angela Vallot
Joyce B. Cowin 
Deutsche Bank 
Diana and Joseph DiMenna
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation 
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation 
Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles 
Susan and Roger Hertog
Susan and Robert Klein 
The Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund 
Diane and Adam E. Max
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 
Jennifer and John Monsky
Amanda and Neal Moszkowski
Jean Margo Reid
Pam and Scott Schafler
Michelle Smith 
Eric J. and Daria L. Wallach 
Susan Waterfall
Leah and Michael R. Weisberg

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

The New York City Council 

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs 

Empire State Development and I Love New York under 

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Development Council Initiative 

Institute of Museum and Library Services 

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.

Scholarly Advisory Board:

Alice Kessler-Harris, Chair Columbia University
Jenna Alden Bard High School Early College
Blanche Wiesen Cook John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Hasia Diner New York University
Linda Gordon New York University
Nick Juravich University of Massachusetts Boston
Kathleen McCarthy The Graduate Center, CUNY
Michele Mitchell New York University
Jennifer Morgan New York University
Premilla Nadasen Barnard College
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol Brooklyn College, CUNY
Joyce Seltzer retired Senior Executive Editor, Harvard University Press
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg University of Michigan
Amy Srebnick Montclair State University
Deborah Gray White Rutgers University


Scholarly Advisory Committee:

Barbara Balliet Blenheim Hill Books
Carol Berkin Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Michele Bogart Stony Brook University
Julie Golia New York Public Library
Ramona Hernández  The City College of New York 
Linda Kerber University of Iowa
Annie Polland Tenement Museum
Vicki Ruiz University of California, Irvine
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol Brooklyn College, CUNY
Lara Vapnek St. John’s University
Nancy Woloch Barnard College


For New-York Historical Society:

Louise Mirrer President and CEO
Mia Nagawiecki Vice President for Education
Margi Hofer Vice President and Museum Director
Valerie Paley Senior Vice President | Sue Ann Weinberg Director, Patricia D. Klingenstein Library
Marci Reaven Vice President, History Exhibitions
Creative: Tronvig Group