#WOMANCRUSHEVERYDAY - Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler – Tony Award winning playwright, performer, activist.
Eve Ensler is perhaps best known for her play, The Vagina Monologues, which the New York Times referred to as “probably the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade”. It was composed of intimate stories collected from hundreds of women and is strikingly honest and hard-hitting. The play has been translated into 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries, so it clearly resonates with women all over the world. Eve is also the founder of the V-Day movement which stemmed from The Vagina Monologues. It is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls and emphasises connection and solidarity around the world. To date, the movement has raised over $100 million and educated millions around the world as well as opening shelters and funding community-based anti-violence programmes. As well as this, she’s created numerous other successful plays and even received the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award in 2011. She has also done various TED talks, speaking candidly about her life, her body and simply being human.
Eve has been dedicated to her activism for decades. She has received numerous awards for her artistic and humanitarian work and each one is well deserved. She is a charismatic and eloquent speaker but more than that what she says is so vitally important. I would recommend listening to any talk she’s done, but her 2010 TED talk ‘Suddenly, my body’ is a very poignant one. She brings sensitive issues out into the open where other people have been afraid to do so. She constantly challenges problems that have become accepted behaviour, seeking to push people out of their comfortable ignorance and hold those in power to their responsibilities. This year she wrote a powerful piece in The Guardian, heavily criticising President Trump and his history of sexual assault. In turbulent times, it is so reassuring to see that there are still people like Eve who are willing and unafraid to call out things that are wrong and continue to fight for what they believe in.
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