BY Natasha Rodriguez
on May 06, 2015
While we aren't shocked that the new Mad Max: Fury Road movie starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron has countless explosions and epic action sequences, we are surprised to hear that Vagina Monologues creator Eve Ensler played an integral off-screen role as a consultant.
In the film, Max and Furiosa team up and race across the desert with five former female captives who are vital to the continued wellbeing of the human race. These five women, decked out in filthy and skimpy rags, are victims of sexual violence. Read More
BY Emily Rems
on May 04, 2014
The search for the 234 teenage girls who were kidnapped from their school in the Nigerian city of Bornu while taking their exams on April 14 is still dragging on. At this time, it is assumed that they were taken by the Boko Haram—a local Islamic extremist group whose name means “Western education is forbidden”—sold into marriage, and some moved to the nearby countries of Cameroon and Chad.
In the face of such an extreme act of violence, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. Read More
BY Teresa Lu
on Apr 01, 2013
Last Tuesday, in association with V-Day, Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues, hosted a panel discussion regarding sexual violence, in the light of the Steubenville rape case. The event sold out in eight minutes. Though it was exciting to know that every seat would filled with engaged listeners, there was something so annoyingly typical about the scene that greeted me: the audience was composed almost entirely of women, with a couple of guys sprinkled here and there. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Feb 14, 2013
One year ago today, V-Day, a global activist movement, began a call to action based on the statistic that one in three women in the world will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, adding up to one billion women and girls. V-Day organized a One Billion Rising campaign that is taking place today, February 14th, 2013. Women and men in 203 countries are uniting in the largest day of mass action to stop violence against women and girls everywhere. Participants will express their passion for the issue through dance and strike. Read More
BY Diana Denza
on Nov 21, 2012
Theater fans and women’s rights activists know Tony Award-Winning playwright, Eve Ensler, for her internationally acclaimed play, The Vagina Monologues. Soon after its 1996 premiere, she launched V-Day, a nonprofit dedicated to ending violence against women.
But the powerhouse known as Ensler was only just getting started. Her latest work, Emotional Creature, has made its Off-Broadway debut this month. It has already enjoyed successful runs in South Africa and Berkeley, California. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Sep 26, 2012
Eve Ensler is a total rock star.
She’s best known for writing and starring in the groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues—heck, even your grandparents have probably heard of it. Not being one to rest on her laurels, she founded a nonprofit, V-Day, that combats the epidemic (and yes, folks, it is an epidemic) of sexual and domestic violence happening all around the world. Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Aug 23, 2012
Jaws dropped across the world after Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's “legitimate” rape comment was made public. The outrage was palpable, and among those speaking out is Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler.
She addressed an open letter to Akin through The Huffington Post in which she wrote, “You used the expression ‘legitimate’ rape as if to imply there were such a thing as ‘illegitimate’ rape. Read More
V-Day 2013 is a year away. That's enough time for you, me, Eve Ensler, and a billion of our friends to rise together to end violence against women.
Personally, I've loved Ensler's work for the past 4 years, ever since I was a Florida State Women’s Center volunteer that worked the door at a showing of the Vagina Monologues. I cringe now when I remember texting my friend, “Why do 'radical feminists' use the word vagina all the time? So uncomfortable.” That night I learned how powerful it is to take control over your body and your sexual future. Read More
Myriam Merlet was killed in the Haiti earthquake last week. Our heartfelt prayers go out to her family, friends and all of the lives she touched as a pioneer for women's rights in Haiti.
Democracy NOW! reporter, Amy Goodman reports on her death in the episode below and Eve Ensler, American playwright of The Vagina Monolouges, speaks to Myriam's life, spirit and efforts. This touching report also includes a portion of Myriam speaking at V-Day in New Orleans in 2008. The bitterest tears shed over gravesare for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. Read More