Center three, l-r: Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, Rep. Lisa Brown, and Eve Ensler
[NOTE: This diary is only a sampling of the photos from the event. For the Full Monty, visit our post at Eclectablog HERE.
Yesterday, Monday, June 18, 2012, upwards of 5,000 women and men and children descended on the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan to reclaim that place of power for women and their vaginas. After being told that uttering the word "vagina" was dirty and "lacked decorum", Representative Lisa Brown and her colleague Barb Byrum were censored and banned from speaking.
Eve Ensler, the creator of The Vagina Monologues worked with Senator Rebekah Warren and others to stage a reading of the groundbreaking and magnificent play on the steps of the Capitol [You can read my exclusive interview with Eve Ensler HERE.]. But, what transpired there was more than just a theatrical event. It was an empowering event and a tranformative event for the state of Michigan. The thousands that gathered shared their anger and disgust and their refusal to continue being treated like children or second class citizens.