Vagina Monologues Draw a Crowd
Forty-eight women performed in this year's show. Four years ago, a line to get tickets for the Vagina Monologues did not exist. This year close to 1,400 people crammed in Jesse Auditorium to see mid-Missouri women take part in the thought-provoking experience.
"We want to create a feminist movement that get women and men actively involved in ending violence against women. Because a lot of people become very overwhelmed when they hear the overwhelming stastics about violence in our culture and all over the world. And this is a way for people to do something about it. They can participate, they can come see the show, they can donate their time and money to the organizations in Columbia that are doing the work to end the violence," said Vagina Monologue Co-Sponsor Elizabeth Pickens.
The event fights viloence against women by raising awareness through mind-opening performances. But men aren't left out of the action.
"I think it's a good thing for women because it allows them to express themselves in ways that they maybe wouldn't normaly feel comfortable expressing themselves in front of men. It allows them to do things they normally wouldn't do in front of men," said attendee Craig Klien.
Stephens College and the University of Missouri will donate all proceeds to the shelter and the Leadership Through Education and Advocacy for the Deaf Institute, which serves the hearing impaired. Each year auditions are open to any women associated with Stephens College and MU and no one is turned down.