V-Day brings “The Vagina Monologues” to Iowa State


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Caitlin Hostetter, junior in psychology and Spanish, rehearses for “The Vagina Monologues” on Tuesday, Feb. 8 in the M-Shop. “The Vagina Monologues” will be performed as part of the V-Day events at Iowa State.

Victoria Emery

The V-Day campaign says that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime.

That adds up to about 1 billion women experiencing violence at some point in their lives. V-Day is a global, annual event that was created to raise awareness and end violence against girls and women.

“The Vagina Monologues,” a play, has been coming to Iowa State for V-Day every year since 2004 thanks to the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center.

“It’s a great way to spread awareness of issues that are effecting women and girls in our community and on a global scale,” said Jeni Roberts, graduate assistant-administrative of the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center.

According to V-Day’s website, “The Vagina Monologues” is a play that was written in 1994 by Eve Ensler. It is based on interviews conducted by Ensler in the early 1990s. Ensler interviewed many women from several different walks of life.

The interviews told stories ranging from rape to love.

Ensler combined all of these stories into a play meant to cause a scale of emotions and ultimately educate the viewer on what kind of hardships women are put through.

According to the V-Day website, Ensler was inspired to start the V-Day movement by women who would tell her stories after her performances in “The Vagina Monologues.”

V-Day was established on Valentine’s Day in 1998.

On V-Day, communities and anti-violence groups put on shows or events meant to educate people about violence acted upon women and how to end it. Profits are given back to organizations to fund their programs. The event has raised over $80 million for anti-violence groups everywhere.

This year, the V-Day campaign is about 1 billion rising against the violence to put an end to the abuse.

“This is happening in our town, in our country, in our world and we can do something about it,” said Som Mongtin, interim assistant director of Margaret Sloss Women’s Center.

All proceeds from “The Vagina Monologues” will go to Access (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support) and the V-Day campaign.

The Margaret Sloss Women’s Center will be showing “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. Thursday and at 6 and 9 p.m. Friday in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

Tickets can be purchased beforehand at the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center or at the doors, and cost $10 for students and $12 for non-students.