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Herstory, Not History by Keira T.

Men make history. Women make Herstory. History is the study of past events, usually the events of human changes. Herstory is history with either a feminine perspective, a focus on a woman, or both. Many people will hear “Herstory” and tilt their head saying, “You mean history?” No, Herstory. Countless women have made vital decisions and have performed actions that have affected the future and made history. For example, look at Rosa Parks. She stood up for herself and many others by refusing to give up her seat to a white man, inspiring countless others to fight against prejudice and injustice and helping spark the Civil Rights Movement.

Herstory is just as significant and critical as History. Even though many people are in the dark about herstory, it can be as world-changing as anything else. Just recently, Kamala Harris became the first woman, let alone a woman of a diverse ethnicity, to ever become a vice president.


Notable Women Making Herstory


Kamala D. Harris:

Kamala Harris is currently our U.S. Vice-President. She is the first woman and first woman of color to ever be vice president. Kamala Harris has written several books, one being a children’s book called Superheroes Are Everywhere. In the book, she explains that to be a superhero, all you need to do is be the best person you can. Harris has backed up Biden’s health plan, which would provide a public option for Americans seeking health care and aim to lower costs. Kamala Harris is a fantastic role model to all, especially those who need to know that “standing up for what we know is right” is the right thing to do.


Katherine Johnson:

Katherine Johnson has definitely made herstory. She was a student prodigy, and she exceeded in her studies at an extremely young age. She was 15-years-old when she began college, and she graduated at the age of 18. Katherine Johnson was an extraordinary mathematician and studied how to use geometry for space travel. She helped the first U.S. astronaut travel to and from the moon. Unfortunately, she passed away last year on February 24, 2020. Everyone can honor her by treating all females and all African Americans equally, just as you would treat anyone else.


Michelle Obama:

Michelle Obama is a lawyer, writer, and the wife of former U.S. President Barack Obama. However, Michelle Obama is not just the wife of the 44th president. She is an incredible woman of truth, positivity, and strength. She has created and shared multiple speeches of encouragement. She and Barack have volunteered together at homeless shelters and soup kitchens in the Washington D.C. area.


There are many other women who have made history, helped stop segregation, and performed many acts of heroism. All in all, as Kamala Harris would say, anyone can be a hero. Your race, gender, age, or anything people judge you for don’t matter. It is all about how hard you work, and if you believe you can, you can achieve anything to improve our world and build a better place.

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