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Our story

Julia Nusbaum created HerStry after graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2014 with her Master of Theological Studies. You might think a background in theology would make her an odd candidate for creating a feminist storytelling blog, but we beg to differ.

In 2014 while finishing her master's thesis work at Thistle Farms, a recovery facility in Nashville, Tennessee for women who have survived trafficking, addiction and life on the streets, Julia started a writing class. It was there, writing with the women of Thistle Farms, that she discovered the deep need women have to tell their stories. She discovered how our narratives shape how we see the world and how we perceive ourselves. Julia realized that by telling our stories and claiming out voices we start to become strong, confident, and empathetic women.