Women's Activism NYC

Our Story


The goal of WomensActivism.NYC is to create a permanent New York City archive listing women from around the globe who have made a difference through their activism and, in turn, inspire activism today. The women described in the archive may be famous or unknown. They may have lived in the past or may still be working today. The only requirements are: they must be woman-identified and they must have contributed to making change in some way.

This initiative is a five-year celebration of women’s activism connected to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial. The NYC Department of Records and Information Services created WomensActivism.NYC to honor the anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State in 1917 and in the United States in 1920. We’re collecting 20,000 stories by the 100th anniversary in 2020. Share a story.

Empowerment Partners

Organizations that have partnered with WomensActvism.NYC to tell the stories of activists and inspire activism.

Steering Committee

Strong female leaders from the arts, nonprofits, business, government, and community organizations that provide strategic input, advice on program development, and insight on activists.

Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President

Pam Elam

President, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund

Julie Golia

Director of Public History, Brooklyn Historical Society

Kayhan Irani

Emmy award winning writer and Theater of the Oppressed trainer

Coline Jenkins

Great-great Granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Janice Monger

Executive Director, Alice Austen House

Valerie Paley

Chief Historian and Vice President for Scholarly Programs, New York Historical Society and Center for the Study of Women's History

Pauline Toole

Commissioner, City of New York, Department of Records and Information Services

Susan Yohn

Chair of the History Department, Hofstra University and President, Berkshire Conference on the History of Women

WomensActivism.NYC is a project of the NYC Department of Records and Information Services