Eve Ensler’s massively successful play The Vagina Monologues gave her a platform to launch V-Day, a campaign to end violence against women and girls. Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues, a play that explores women’s attitudes about their bodies and sexuality, based on interviews with over 200 women. The award-winning play, which includes monologues from the perspectives of a lesbian sex worker, a rape victim, and a menopausal woman, has been performed in 35 languages in over 200 countries. Ensler, whose childhood was scarred by her father’s physical and sexual abuse, decided to use the play’s success as a launching pad for V-Day, an annual Valentine’s Day campaign to end violence against women and girls, which has raised and distributed over $100 million. Ensler continues her work as an activist and a writer; her works include the plays Insecure at Last, Here, and Emotional Creature and the books In the Body of the World; A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer; and I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World.
More on Eve Ensler
- The Feminist Revolution: Eve Ensler
- This Week in History: Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" performed at Madison Square Garden
- This Week in History: Eve Ensler establishes V-Day, demanding that violence against women and girls must end
- Blog: Well-behaved vaginas rarely make history
- Blog: Groundbreaking tampon ads still can’t use the word “vagina”
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Eve Ensler." (Viewed on June 18, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/ensler-eve>.