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At a time when people were pronouncing the death of feminism, Eve Ensler hit back with a play that celebrated female strength: 'The Vagina Monologues'.
It gave women the opportunity to speak plainly, publicly, and sometimes hilariously about an often-taboo subject. And it was a phenomenal hit: performed in more than 140 countries, in almost 50 languages, and by some of the world's biggest talents from Meryl Streep to Queen Latifah.
Out of the success of 'The Vagina Monologues' Eve created V-Day - a global movement that demands a world where where women and girls can thrive freely and safely.
She's offered support to those who've suffered the effects of rape and fistula, a condition rarely talked about. But the woman who helped so many women find comfort in their bodies had for decades felt estranged from her own - the result, she says, of years of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her father.
Then, two rather harrowing chapters of her life - learning about the horrific sexual violence women in the Congo had survived as a result of civil war, AND dealing with her own diagnosis of cancer - finally allowed Eve to connect to her physical self. An experience she writes about in a memoir, 'In the Body of the World'.