April 22, 2015
“The series of monologues reflect the hopes, joys and sadness experienced by women in today’s global world,” said Charlotte Dunham, director of the Women’s Studies program. “This play has been produced in 140 countries and on college campuses throughout the U.S. and has been a tradition on the Texas Tech campus for at least 10 years.”
The play was created by Eve Ensler, playwright, activist and V-Day founder, in 1994 and is based on more than 200 interviews Ensler conducted with women. It is the centerpiece of “V-Day: A Global Activist Movement to End Violence against Women and Girls.” The play celebrates women’s sexuality and strength and has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public. It also brings a deeper consciousness to the conversation of ending violence against women and girls.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All money collected at the show will be given to the Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock, and donations will be collected at the door. Prior to the show, Texas Tech FMLA and the Women’s Studies program will host a resource fair and Vagina Drive from 6-7 p.m.
“This play provides a chance for new generations of students, male and female, to begin a dialogue to promote better understanding of women and their real-life experiences with violence, social stigma and cultural shame of their bodies,” Dunham said.
V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. It raises funds and awareness through the Vagina Monologues and other artistic work.
Started in 1981, the Women's Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines vital to success during and following formal education.
Texas Tech offers a minor in Women's Studies. Goals of the minor include helping students interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts.
The program is administered by the Director of Women's Studies. A minor in Women's Studies consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director.Twitter