The Statue of Liberty welcomes everyone into New York’s harbor and represents the world of possibilities that anyone can achieve great things. Discover The Great Women of New York City. Explore over 400 years of women’s contributions from the matrilocal families that made up the Lenape tribe, through the five women from New York City that became “First Lady” in the White House. See Kristen Visbal’s Fearless Woman as she proudly stands her ground before Arturo Di Modica’s Charging Bull and the power two bronze sculptures visually represent about our culture.
Discover The Great Women of New York With A Cultural Exploration
Whether you only have an afternoon to explore one site, or an entire weekend to explore various NYC neighborhoods, you’ll walk away with a deeper sense of awe and respect what our foremothers achieved with one of Discover New York’s expert licensed guides.
Explore the pivotal role women have played in New York City over the last 400 years. Learn about their contributions to the health, welfare, education, law, politics, music, dining and architecture of New York. Visit the sites of the women who have defended our country from The American Revolution to the heroes of 9/11. Hear the stories about the settlers, liberators, abolitionists, suffragists, civil rights activists, literary giants, jazz icons, businesswomen and educators who worked to improve their fellow citizens and shape today’s New York.
Discover Women Celebrated in Art
Explore the public art with your Discover New York Art Expert and see the women honored in Times Square with sculptures of actresses Mary Pickford, Ethel Barrymore, Marilyn Miller, and soprano Rosa Ponselle. Learn about the women honored at the Bronx Community College’s Hall of Fame for Great Americans including:
- Harriet Beecher Stowe: American abolitionist and author
- Susan B. Anthony: American social reformer and women’s rights activist
- Mary Lyon: American pioneer in women’s education who established the Wheaton Female Seminary in Norton, Massachusetts, in 1834.
- Maria Mitchell: American astronomer who, in 1847, by using a telescope, discovered a comet which as a result became known as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet”.
- Alice Freeman Palmer: American educator, President of Wellesley College from 1881 to 1887
- Lillian D. Wald: American nurse, humanitarian and author known for contributions to human rights and founder of American community nursing.
Hear about the fascinating story of female model Audrey Munson, who posed for several statues including the Isador and Ida Straus Memorial. There are several interesting sculptures of saints on churches and the statue of Mother Clara Hale at the Hale House.
Discover Museum Exhibitions:
Two permanent museum exhibitions are focused on women and their contributions.
- The Center for Women’s History is on the fourth floor of the New-York Historical Society, the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum. Learn the untold stories of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience. From the researcher to the casual observer, the center is a resource for scholarship and education. Learn how women across the spectrum of race, class, and culture exercised power and effected change before they could even access the ballot box.
- Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is in the Brooklyn Museum. The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is an exhibition and education facility dedicated to feminist art—its past, present, and future. Among the most ambitious, influential, and enduring artistic movements to emerge in the late twentieth century, feminist art has played a leading role in the art world over the last forty years. Dramatically expanding the definition of art to be more inclusive in all areas, from subject matter to media, feminist art reintroduced the articulation of socially relevant issues after an era of aesthetic “formalism,” while pioneering the use of performance and audiovisual media within a fine art idiom.The Center’s 8,300-square-foot space encompasses a gallery devoted to The Dinner Party (1974–79) by Judy Chicago; a biographical gallery to present exhibitions highlighting the women represented in The Dinner Party.
Contact a Discover New York Destination Specialist to create a gift certificate for Mother’s Day and spend an afternoon or weekend together celebrating The Great Women of New York. Dine in a woman owned restaurant followed by a Broadway show and celebrate the musical contributions of women. Additional Discover New York Travel Packages allow you to explore New York and make great gifts!