'The Historic Women-Only Institutions of the Upper East Side' Webinar

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When it comes to New York spaces made by and for women, the Upper East Side is home to many firsts — the first private women's social club in New York; the first public women's college in the nation; the first Black working women's settlement house in New York; and even the city's first women's historic preservation society. But how did this particular neighborhood become the hub for all of these powerful institutions for women, especially in an era when most men scoffed at the idea of women in leadership positions? This is the story of the women-only organizations that called the Upper East Side home, and the profound impact they had on the opportunities for women in New York City and beyond.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore how New York's Upper East Side became the hub for women-only institutions beginning in the 20th century, ranging from private clubs to public universities.

Led by writer, historian, and New York City tour guide Lucie Levine, our virtual experience surrounding the architectural and social history of these storied institutions for women will include:

  • How and why the Upper East Side became home to clubs, schools, residences, political institutions, and professional associations catered exclusively to women
  • A discussion of notable women's institutions including the first free women’s college in the United States, a Hungarian church that helped empower immigrant working women, and the first women-only private club (which still exists today)
  • Stories of the iconic women's-only Barbizon Hotel that was once home to Joan Crawford, Gene Tierney, Grace Kelly, Elaine Stritch, Liza Minelli, Eudora Welty and Joan Didion
  • A look at the East Side women’s club that Eleanor Roosevelt turned into a foreign policy nexus
  • The Black feminist activists who founded an East Side women’s club in 1897, stewarded one of the city’s largest collections of Black history, and went on the lead the NAACP

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Lucie — any and all questions about the historic women's institutions of the Upper East Side are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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