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History reflects power relations. A male-dominant compass invariably guided the field of history. This fact encourages societies to value men, their role in shaping culture, and their accomplishments more than women. Historiography lacks basic information about women’s actions in history. As the mainstream literature on women’s history is limited, their contribution to society and the struggles for women’s rights are more likely invisible. The lack of visibility of women in history is reflected by the lack of statues that represent women in history and the limited knowledge about where those statues are and what they mean. These historical misconceptions and misrepresentations can be addressed by focusing on women’s triumphs and normalizing the success of women through the publicity of women's statues and monuments. By re-addressing local histories and the popular narratives they support, this project tackles existing stereotypes regarding the value of women in society. In this way, this project will combat gender-based stereotypes while empowering women and girls around Europe. A vital component of this project rests on its use of technological means to provide a journey of transnational digital history. Through this journey, the different statues and monuments represent the footprint of women in history in cities across Europe. The project will develop a global map where visitors can find remarkable places regarding women in history, read their stories, and find valuable resources. Physically, participants can see these points in the record in person through mini excursions around European cities.
HerStory is a research project funded by European Union by the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme in the CERV-2022-GE - Call for proposals to promote gender equality.