Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been translated into over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End (2002 Olivier Award nomination, Best Entertainment).
Her experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls which raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of her award-winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2011, over 5,600 V-Day benefits took place. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions.
Ms. Ensler’s latest book “In the Body of the World” (Metropolitan Books) — is a brave and beautiful examination of an illness, unlike anything ever written about cancer. Ms. Ensler has written numerous articles for The Guardian, Huffington Post, Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune.
She was named one of US News & World Report’s ”Best Leaders” in association with the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School and one of “125 Women Who Changed Our World” by Good Housekeeping Magazine (2010). In 2011 she was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Changed the World” and The Guardian’s “100 Most Influential Women.”
Keynote: Ecstasy, Revolution and The Body
The One Billion Revolution
Women coming into their sexual energy, power, knowledge, desire, pleasure, vision, intuition, anger, passion threatens the whole of capitalist patriarchy. That is why every attempt has been made to suppress us, shame us, rape us, cut us, silence us and abuse us. But the vagina is out of the bottle and it’s not going back. Eve will examine how women have broken their chains throughout the planet through rising and dancing and how we can and must collectively escalate this energy to stop climate change, end insane economic inequality, stop the worldwide epidemic of violence towards women, end racism and homophobia, and transphobia. Come be inspired by the amazing Ms. Ensler and learn how we come fully into our bodies and fully into the world to make the One Billion Revolution.