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Demystifying Herstory: A Closer Look at Feminist Historical Recovery

In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf makes a startling claim about woman, writing that “she pervades poetry from cover to cover; she is all but absent from history.” Examining the shelves of history, Woolf finds them empty of female voices, a fact with which she struggles to grapple in her text. When we as women in the twenty-first century peer back into History – that is, our canonical understanding of history – it