The International Federation for Research in Women's History/Federation Internationale Pour la Recherche en Histoire des Femmes was founded in April 1987. The first meeting of national committee representatives was held in 1989, in Bellagio, Italy, with the assistance of the Rockefeller Foundation. The inaugural officers of the IFRWH/FIRHF were: President - Ida Blom of the University of Bergen, Norway; Vice-president - Ruth Roach Pierson of the University of Toronto, Canada; and Secretary-treasurer - Karen Offen of Stanford University, USA.
The Aim of IFRWH/FIRHF is to encourage and coordinate research in all aspects of women's history at international level, by promoting exchange of information and publication and by arranging and assisting in arranging large-scale international conferences as well as more restricted and specialized meetings. National Committees serve as liaison between communities of researchers and the Federation.
Membership to IFRWH/FIRHF is primarily by affiliation of
national committees of researchers in the field of women’s history.There is
also an affiliated organisation membership.Individualls can also become
corresponding members.For more information on membership, contact a
member of the board. The IFRWH/FIRHF
is an Affiliated International Organisation of the International Committee of Historical Sciences/Comité
Internationale des Sciences Historiques.
It hosts a conference during the meetings of the Congress.The last CISH was in
Jinan in August 2015.The next one will be in Poznan, Poland in 2020.