A Feminist a Day: Eve Ensler

Who is she?

Eve EnslerEve Ensler is an American playwright, performer, feminist, and activist, best known for her play The Vagina Monologues. 

The play, which is made up of a series of monologues, premiered in New York City in 1996. The monologues cover a variety of topics from a feminist perspective. The topics range from sex to menstruation, birth, rape and female genital mutilation.

The play has been translated into 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries, by celebrities like Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon, Cyndi Lauper and Oprah Winfrey

Eve is also a prominent activist addressing issues of violence against women and girls. She created  V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day raises funds and awareness through annual benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues.

In February 2004, Ensler protested to have the Mexican government re-investigate the slayings of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juárez, a city along the Texas border.

She also created One Billion Rising, a global protest campaign to end violence, and promote justice and gender equality for women.

Eve was a consultant on feminism and women’s issues for the movie Mad Max: Fury Road.

Why should we thank her?

Eve has not only created a lasting feminist work in The Vagina Monologues, she has been an influential activist, raising awareness of important issues like violence against women, rape and the murder of women.

Best quote

“Whatever culture, whatever country, girls are taught to please others as opposed to pleasing themselves.”

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A Feminist a Day: Eve Ensler

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