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.
2013 marked the 25th Anniversary of the International Federation for Research in Women's History.
The Federation's Conference in the University of Bulgaria, Sofia celebrated the
event. The following are the talks delivered at the opening session.