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Free Barbie! Eve Ensler Imagines Liberating the Iconic Doll

Complete video at: Author Eve Ensler discusses the origin of the "Free Barbie" story from her latest book I Am an Emotional Creature. Ensler says the story of Barbie, from manufacturing plant to toy box, is a metaphor for everything wrong with the world today. ----- Since creating her groundbreaking first work, The Vagina Monologues, Ensler and the performers she inspired have grown into nothing less than a global movement. A best-selling author, award-winning playwright and anti-violence activist, Ensler has been the voice for women and girls across the globe for over a decade. In this conversation with author Daniel Handler, she reveals the daily struggles faced by modern women around the world. - Commonwealth Club of California Eve Ensler is the award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues. The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 45 languages and is running in theaters all over the world, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway's Westside Theater and on London's West End (2002 Olivier Award nomination, Best Entertainment.) Ms. Ensler has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive. The Vagina Monologues is based on Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength. Ms. Ensler is the recipient of many awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Playwriting, the Berrilla-Kerr Award for Playwriting, the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and the Jury Award for Theater at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, as well as the 2002 Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award for Leadership and The Matrix Award (2002). She has received numerous Honorary degrees, including Doctor of Letters from her alma mater, Middlebury College.
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