On International Women’s Day, March 8th 2017, Herstory Writers Workshop held a reading of some of the work they have created over the past few years. The reading featured works from current Hofstra students as well as visitors to the campus. The topics spanned various categories of stories that affect not only women, but people throughout the world. From race and poverty, to body issues and domestic violence, the women and men involved with Herstory shared some of the most personal moments of their lives with an intimate audience at the Spiegel Theater. ……Herstory is an organization that was founded by Erika Duncan in March 1996. The workshop, created originally for women, was begun in the hopes of giving women the chance for their voices and stories to be heard. They feature stories of domestic violence, race, poverty, religion, eating disorders, substance abuse and the struggles of being a woman. Herstory believes that the combination of one’s personal experience and story are much more compelling when trying to get someone to care about an issue. We often hear of the injustices in the world, but to be able to put a name and a face to an issue often personalizes it, making it more compelling. This is what herstory aims to do.
Over the two decades that the organization has been running, Herstory writes have generated a remarkable collection of writing by individuals who represent some of the most isolated and vulnerable populations in the region. They say courage doesn’t come all at once and it takes true courage to write and that’s what this event was about, having the courage to share the stories of one’s personal struggles so that others may feel confident enough to work through their own battles and live their truths.