New MAKER: Eve Ensler
Eve Ensler is a Tony award-winning playwright, performer and feminist best known for her play The Vagina Monologues. Born in New York City, Ensler’s early life experiences would end up playing a profound role in her career. She states that most of her childhood “was determined and structured and created by violence,” experienced at the hands of her father.
This trauma had the by-product of making Ensler in-tune to others’ suffering, which is reflected in both her artistic and philanthropic work. In 1998, her experiences performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Her most recent project, City of Joy, provides a community for sufferers of gender violence located in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.