At “Herstory,” we understand the importance of amplifying wo/men’s voices. Through these stories, we aim to celebrate the diversity, resilience, and achievements of wo/men and the rise of ‘the feminine principle’, the Great Mother, while also highlighting the collective power of our shared experiences.
Our personal and collective story is that the feminine energy returns to earth, after thousands of years of being subordinate to the masculine energy. The feminine energy is about the cosmic web of life that connects each of us to all other life. As a result, the power of thought and decisiveness (masculine) will pass to the power of feeling and receptivity (feminine). Ultimately, it is the embrace of both, identity-focused thoughts versus non-judgmental perception, that brings us the greatest joy and a sense of wholeness.
So that both women and men become aware of their feminine and masculine energy. Man and woman will stand equally side by side under the influence of the feminine energy of being in order to be more open to their love and sexuality. By opening your heart, embracing your shadow, your pain, conditions, judgements, self-rejections, feelings of not being enough caused by thinking, you can start following your heart, live your light, your sexual longings, your beauty, that which drives you deeply, in innocence, clarity and with joy of life. Drop the story (of a lack of this or that) and feel the feelings (of what is happening right now). To form the bridge to the New Age, Societies in Balance.
Our vision is simple yet profound: a vision to rewrite the prevailing cultural narrative, to create a space where we shed light, uncover and honor ‘the feminine principle’ in all of us alongside the masculine principle, where the hidden stories of wo/men that have been overshadowed for a long time are celebrated, where their contributions are acknowledged, and where their voices are amplified. Our inspiration comes from the countless wo/men who have made an impact on our lives and the world.
Artwork by: Katarína Vavrová
Herstory does not replace his-story, our current national history is mainly told from a male and masculine point of view, but adds something; the female perspective. Because we have long lived in a culture with a one-sided emphasis on men and, by extension, on masculine values, it is precisely this female perspective that we can bring back into our consciousness and embrace. What would our world look like if we allowed its motherland values back into practice?
Celebrating the Power of the Feminine
The Feminine and the Masculine
‘Masculine’ and ‘feminine’ are two opposing and complementary primordial forces that we find in many great philosophies and cultures. A well-known example is yin and yang from Taoism. According to the ancient Chinese representation, the movement of all-encompassing nature (heaven, earth and everything that is and lives on them) is controlled by the forces of yin and yang. This also applies to humans. The interaction between these two gives life to everything and together they form the cycle of life.
At “Herstory,” we know that that both poles of life are equally important. We experience them as opposites, but they belong inseparably to each other and together they form a whole, the Tao or Life.
What is meant by “Herstory”?
The word ‘Herstory’ refers to the subject of the book being,the feminine principle, no form, god(dess), soul or life, the feminine side of human nature and culture in women and men, female cultural heritage, feminine (yin) consciousness, images, stories, ceremonies, myths, fairy tales about the primeval mother, feminine values, mother earth, ‘the great mother’ and the feminine divine in all her manifestations. Since everything is energy, it mainly refers to the yin energy that both women and men possess.
3 x Herstory
The individual contributions stand on their own and each tell its own story (1st her-story). The stories are connected by the story ‘working title: love to be and to feel’ of our initiator (2nd her-story). Together, all contributions provide a picture of the richness and diversity of the female perspective on ourselves, our culture, present and history (3rd her-story). Together, they are also an invitation for women and men to take a different look at ourselves, our national culture and history. Who do we think we are, who are our heroes and what stories do we glorify as a society?
Sisterhood happens when women view each other as deep wells of support and inspiration — as teammates — instead of competitors.
Sisterhood happens between women who are secure enough to stop being afraid of each other; who do not feel that another woman’s different life choices are a judgment of her own choices.
Sisterhood happens when we become curious instead of defensive about our differences.
Sisterhood does not require the same beliefs or thoughts or political parties or churches.
Peace is not about becoming the same; it’s about becoming okay with being different.
There is so much untapped power in sisterhood.
( Glennon Doyle )
Art : Iga Oliwiak
The position of women around 1800
Men and women had of course not known equal rights for centuries. Different roles in society were expected of both sexes, and this resulted in a separate legal position. That women were subordinate to men, even if their husbands’ property was considered at the level of cattle, was completely normal in 18th century Europe. A man could even sell his unwelcome wife at the market. Although people actually didn’t think that was really decent, so it didn’t happen much.
Digital Women’s Lexicon of the Netherlands: woman was ‘the other’
The fight for women’s suffrage
Towards the end of the 19th century, women in Britain fought fiercely for their right to vote to be recognised. Sometimes they even resorted to violence and ended up in prison. They did not achieve results until 1918.
Tjitse Hofman (1974)
in je blote
in je onvergrote
Dat staat je
bloot zo mooi
(Uit: Ajaa. Passage – Foto: Egon Schiele ‘Lovers’. 1909)
No form and form
We are no form
We feel and express
life in all its different forms
As a dance, a storm or an open window in France
Rodin, 1908, Paris.La Catedral.
Open window at Collioure. Henri Matisse 1910
Share Your Herstory
Sharing Empowering Tales
We believe that every woman and man has a unique and valuable story to tell. If you have a personal narrative, an achievement, or a message you’d like to share with our community, we invite you to contribute to our “Herstories” collection.
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