"History, as we are being taught, is literally HIS-story. We now need to uncover, re-write and re-tell HERstory so that we can start creating the most important record of them all, OURstory."
- Louise Sommer
This photo is from Louise Sommer's research into Women in History
Why is Herstory relevant today?
Knowledge is power! To learn about Herstory, is to learn about the very inception of how women came to be viewed and treated as less worthy in Western Society - just like it created the unhealthy 'superman identity' for men.
Importantly, this long history continues to inform current cultural understandings of women in society and is why violence towards women is so accepted.
This systematic denigration of women is more than 1500 years old, and has a powerful effect on how females view themselves and their capabilities today, just as it has a huge effect on how men think about women as well as their own innate spirituality.
Because of this, an education in Herstory is a powerful journey of healing, re-connection and the emancipation of our deepest most Whole Self as a human family.
Why is Herstory important?
Women have been discriminated against and their representations either distorted or completely ignored by those writing and analysing history.
The construct of gender has been and continues to be constituted through powerful and largely unaccountable institutions that define the ‘truth’ of our reality.
An analysis of Roman Catholic belief structures, Historian methodologies, Archaeology and Anthropology reveal how the true history of women has been buried for more than a thousand years.
The reality we have created, by manipulating and distorting the truth, has left terrible psychological scars in our human psyche, manifested in how we view gender, masculinity, femininity, intelligence, power and spirituality.
Where will Herstory take us?
It was my pursuit in attempting to understanding where our present day 'truths' regarding gender, power and spirituality, originated, that became the start of my adventure into exploring women in history. This started back in the 1990’s.
In 2014, when I published the first edition of The Hidden Camino, I realised that in tracing women's place in history I was also was tracing the history of when, where and how, we in the Western world, started to lose our deeper connection to Life. This included the lost wisdom possessed by many of our ancient cultures.
In understanding the ways we lost this connection, and why we lost it, we create a social-emotional space where we can heal and re-connect, thus, emancipating ourselves to step fully empowered into the future as Whole integrated beings.
Herstory is a term I use to describe this liberating and healing journey towards re-connection.
What research is my work based on?
Since the early 1990's, I have passionately investigated women in history (Herstory) and religion, through the eyes of social constructionism.
This investigation demanded a lot of travelling to distant places throughout Europe; tracing symbols and iconography off the beaten track, ‘snooping’ around forgotten dusty libraries, discovering and visiting overlooked museums, old churches, ruins and looking into the folklore, history, anthropology and archaeology of these areas.