Eve Ensler on trauma, cancer and 'In the Body of the World.' The Chicago Tribune (May 2013)
Eve Ensler has inspired and empowered women all around the world to speak out about their bodies and to protest women-targeted violence. Artistic, courageous, generous and funny, Ensler is a galvanizing playwright, internationally best-selling author, resounding activist and exuberant performer. Her Obie-winning and world-altering play, “The Vagina Monologues,” has been published in nearly 50 languages and performed in more than 140 countries. Ensler’s books include “Insecure At Last: A Political Memoir” and “I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World,” and she is also a passionate and illuminating commentator and journalist.
On the activism front, Ensler founded V-Day, a remarkably effective global movement to end violence against women and girls that supports thousands of programs and safe houses. V-Day in February celebrated its 15th anniversary with One Billion Rising, a global day of action on which people in 207 countries rose up and danced for the freedom, safety and equality of women. Ensler has also worked with women in Bukavu, Congo, to establish City of Joy, a center for survivors of gender violence.