Herstory: a word invented in the late 20th century to mean "history", that is, history not written by men but by women, hence "herstory" (her story) rather than "history" (his story). The word "herstory" was invented because certain people with feminist predelictions thought the word "history" means, literally, "his" "story", as if to mean the story belongs to him, male possessive pronoun. Naturally, any person who is even a tad more than illiterate will realize that the word "history" derives from the Greek word "historia", which means "to inquire into". Thus "history" has absolutely nothing to do with male possessions, or even maleness. It appears that illiteracy was the standard of the day, being that it was enough for the word to "sound like" male possession of the story, instead of looking into (inquire into?) the true meaning of the word (history, that is).
Her story (herstory) appears to have been omitted from the narrative because some neglected to look into the history of the word "history". The history of herstory is one of smug satisfaction with the condition of illiteracy.
by wingtai August 08, 2006
A specific body of work done by feminist scholars and researchers which attempts to reconstruct historical records believed to have been deliberately altered to exclude or denigrate the roles of women in history, politics, society and religion. Could be described as Feminist Revisionism
The First Sex, written by Elizabeth Gould Davis, was the first published work of Herstory, proposing an alternate reading of the historical record from a feminist perspective.
by Hestia Alexandra April 13, 2009
1. The aspects of the past which cannot be documented or recorded (in contrast to 'history,' which is what *can* be documented and recorded). 2. The portion of the past that cannot be conveyed rationally to whomever was not present to experience it. 3. The elements of experience which evade easy description, evoking a modality of expression known as poetry.
"The car accident happened October 8th, 1997 @ 10:30am. That's history. What isn't so easy to record is the herstory of the experience: the way the light appeared when I first opened my eyes after resuming consciousness; the way the medics so gently picked me up and laid me on a stretcher that I wasn't even aware of being moved, just of the lights and colors shifting around me. I can't really fully convey how it felt and the effect that it had on me at that time, but I can try!"
by SFIII April 27, 2013