Women in History: Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is an American playwright, writer, performer, and activist, best known for her play, The Vagina Monologues, which the New York Times described as “probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade.”

Eve founded V-Day, a global movement dedicated to ending violence against women and girls, which raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues. In 2011, she also created One Billion Rising to stop rape and violence against women. The “One Billion” is a reference to the UN statistic that 1 in 3 women (or one billion) will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. The campaign evolves each year, with the most recent in 2016 being named “Rise for Revolution.”

At the 65th Tony Awards in 2011, she was the recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which honors an individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution to humanitarian or charitable organizations.

Eve is a powerful role model of using art as a cause for change. I honor her remarkable work and impact today. For more women like Eve throughout history, click here.