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Ten Years of Vagina Victories


1998: BIRTH

V-Day begins with a 2500 seat, sold out benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues ” on February 14, 1998 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. $250,0000 is raised for local NYC anti-violence groups. The evening features over twenty actors, including:
Margaret Cho
Glenn Close
Eve Ensler
Calista Flockhart
Whoopi Goldberg
The Klezmer Women
Shirley Knight
Soraya Mire
Kathy Najimy
Rosie Perez
Hannah Ensler-Rivel
  Winona Ryder
Susan Sarandon
Lois Smith
Phoebe Snow
Gloria Steinem
Marisa Tomei
Lily Tomlin
Chantal Westerman

1999: L({})NDON

V-Day holds benefit performance in London at England’s renowned Old Vic Theater. The event raises funds for national and international NGOs that work to end violence against women. Performers included Gillian Anderson, Cate Blanchett, Sophie Dahl, Christiane Amanpour, Isabella Rosellini, Melanie Griffith, Joely Richardson, Meera Syal, and Kate Winslet. Media coverage for V-Day led to red boas on the front pages of six London papers the day after the event.