Eve Ensler created the ground-breaking "Vagina Monologues," whose success propelled her to found V-Day — a movement to end violence against women and girls everywhere.

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Inspired by intimate conversations with friends, Eve Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues. The play recounts tender, funny, gripping and horrifying stories she gathered from hundreds of women about their bodies, their sexual experiences, and yes, their vaginas. Since its first staging in 1996, it has been translated into more than 45 languages, performed in more than 120 countries and re-created as an HBO film.

The Vagina Monologues' success allowed Ensler to create V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, which has so far raised $85 million to prevent violence and protect abused women. In February 2011, Ensler received the Isabelle Stephenson Tony Award for her philanthropic work. Ensler has also drawn praise for The Good Body, a play that cuts to women's obsession with their appearance, and her film What I Want My Words to Do to You, which portrays a writing group she leads at a correctional facility for women. Today, she continues to find new projects and push the envelope. Her latest play, I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World, hit the New York Times bestseller list and just wrapped a workshop production in Johannesburg -- nest stop is Paris and then Berkeley in June 2012.

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"Eve is bringing women back, she's giving us our souls back." — Glenn Close

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TED’s New York office rises and dances for V-Day

February 14, 2013

The TED staff got up to dance this afternoon to celebrate V-Day. This global movement, founded by TED speaker Eve Ensler, turns 15 today and is celebrating with the One Billion Rising campaign — inviting us to stop, dance and rise against violence. One Billion Rising is dedicated to the 1 in 3 of the […]

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An anthem for the campaign to end violence against women

November 19, 2012

One billion is certainly in the zeitgeist. V-day, the global campaign founded by four-time TED speaker Eve Ensler to end violence against women and girls, recently unveiled its One Billion Rising initiative. The name comes from the horrifying statistic that 1 in 3 women will be beaten or abused in their lifetime — on a […]

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4 great talks for International Women's Day

March 8, 2009

To celebrate March 8, International Women’s Day, we suggest these four TEDTalks gems from some amazing speakers — artists, scientists and economists who think deeply about the role of women. Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, feminism — and the power of passionate thinkers and doers: The former Finance Minister of Nigeria, Ngozi […]

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Quotes from Eve Ensler

When we give in the world what we want the most, we heal the broken part inside each of us.
Eve Ensler
TED2004 • 660K views Sep 2006
Inspiring, Courageous
[Carrie Rethlefsen] wore an ‘I heart my vagina’ button to her high school in Minnesota. She was basically threatened to be expelled from school. They told her she couldn’t love her vagina in high school.
Eve Ensler
TEDGlobal 2005 • 812K views Sep 2008
Inspiring, Courageous
Security is elusive. It’s impossible. We all die. We all get old. We all get sick. People leave us. People change us. Nothing is secure.
Eve Ensler
TEDGlobal 2005 • 812K views Sep 2008
Inspiring, Courageous