The club has gone through several reconstructions through the years. The original women's team was first founded in 1970 as a section under Hammarby IF. In 1999 the association was reorganized and all the underlying sections got separated into an umbrella organization. The club Hammarby IF DFF was then founded, with the latter letters meaning damfotbollsförening. Before the start of the 2017 season, Hammarby IF DFF was merged with Hammarby Fotboll, which previously only included the men's division. Hammarby Fotboll Dam however considers that their founding year is 1970, and not 1999 nor 2016.
Hammarby won the top tier Damallsvenskan in 1985 and two national cups in 1994 and 1995. In 1994 it was also the championship's runner-up. Previously, the team had been the cup's runner-up in its first three editions (1981–83).