Thursday, February 13, 2014

Eve Ensler Kicks Off our VDAY Celebration

Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler has been an inspiration to me for over a decade. As a poet her work is moving, intelligent and inspired. In honor of her work for women and girls all over the world, I chose her to kick off of our VDAY celebration. This blog post is for the girl inside all of us. May tomorrow be even better than today.

A letter to all the girls in the world from my grateful heart. 
Dear One, 
You are the future. Within you is planted the seed of promise. 
Open your heart and let who you are be your guide. 
The world needs your light, your vision, your uniqueness. 
Know that there is an inherent power inside of you that can encompass the world with love. 
Believe in yourself! Know that being "just" a girl makes you our most inspired teacher. We need your wisdom. 
Bless you Dear One. Thank you for reminding us of where our true power resides…
with the girl that lives inside us all. 
I love you, Aurora

(The first video is an excerpt from the second video.) 

She shares her poem titled "I Am An Emotional Creature". It is uplifting, honest, inspiring, beautiful, full of possibilities…all things GIRL.

I Love, Love, Love being a girl! I AM, and emotional creature!

In honor of VDAY, the world and the girl I ask you to take 20 minutes and watch this TED talk by Eve Ensler. In this passionate talk, she declares that there is a girl cell in us all -- a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.

These are some of my favorite quotes from her talk.

"Being a girl is so powerful that we have had to train the whole world not to be that."

"Bullets are actually hardened tears."

"The verb that has been enforced on girls is the verb to please. Girls are trained to please. I want to change the verb. I want us all to change the verb. I want the verb to be educate or activate or engage or confront or defy or create." 

"I Love, Love, Love being a girl! I AM, and emotional creature!"
~ Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler in Feminist Magazine
About Eve Ensler from TED Bio
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.

Why you should listen to her:
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.
"Eve is bringing women back, she's giving us our souls back."
Glenn Close

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Thank you for honoring the feminine. Wishing you peace. Thank you for visiting.

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