Definition of herstory in English:

herstory

noun

  • [mass noun] History viewed from a female or specifically feminist perspective.

    • ‘Concentrating mostly on comic-strip and comic-book artists of the last century, Robbins uncovers the secret herstory that got left out from all the other millennial surveys.’
    • ‘I educated myself on the history, and herstory, of her from before I was born, until I could remember.’
    • ‘We're lucky that we had the luxury of women's studies programs to give us a glimpse into our feminist herstory.’
    • ‘For her, a productive response to oppression recognizes that ‘we must at some point understand our history and herstory and our ancestors.’’
    • ‘I longed for the chance to have my herstory take center stage, and to not have it qualified with any ‘in spite of’ or ‘because of’ statements.’
    • ‘Good physical health and stamina are necessary at this point in our herstory.’
    • ‘Once the Mists of Michigan are part of your herstory, you can create a whole new sense of reality.’
    • ‘It's going to be a documentary on the herstory of women's music.’
    • ‘In a herstory book about our movement where race politics have been so acute, let us not recount old struggles without including the voices of all involved.’
    • ‘As if she were reading ancient herstory, she discovers that to Daly and many other radical feminists, one system of oppression was at the base or root of all systems of oppression.’
    • ‘Robin Morgan makes it clear from the outset that this book is her personal memoir, not a history (or herstory, a word she says she invented) of the feminist movement.’
    • ‘For that I am honored to be continuing this work and to be working for a news-journal that has struggled and fought so that women like me and so many others would have our stories told and our herstory recorded.’
    • ‘And much of the herstory of the movement is in its periodicals.’
    • ‘For a memoir that focuses more on movement herstory, readers might want to try Susan Brownmiller's In Our Time, which has more detail (and is reviewed in our May 2000 issue).’
    • ‘Formed in 1997, the Railroad's ‘event production herstory,’ according to the Basics Booklet given prospective members, lists twelve events.’
    • ‘McFadden has created an ambitious and dramatic story that is part murder mystery, part love story and part herstory.’
    • ‘If this mutilation of women and their bodies continues, what will happen to our future, to our daughters and to our herstory?’
    • ‘I am really impressed by the seriousness and high quality of your newspaper, which belongs to feminist herstory and has never made any concession.’
    • ‘The herstory of the battered women's movement in Florida is a cautionary tale.’
    • ‘Others have indulged their longing for herstories of powerful women, and in the process constructed theories about the benevolent, matriarchal exercise of power.’

Origin

1970s: from her + story, analogous formation based on the form history.

Pronunciation:

herstory

/ˈhəːst(ə)ri/