By Amanda Sniadach, OMS II, Audrey Jaeger, OMS III, and Olivia Roehling, OMS IV
In February 2020, Medical Students For Choice members from RVU and University of Colorado put on their third annual performance of The Vagina Monologues. The cast was comprised of first-year through fourth-year medical students, RVU faculty, and a local obstetrician-gynecologist. These women performed three shows at Blush and Blu and The Mercury Café, donating 100% of the proceeds to SafeHouse Denver, a shelter for battered women, children, and men.
The Vagina Monologues is a production created by Eve Ensler as she asked thousands of women to share their stories regarding their vaginas, literally and metaphorically. These stories ranged from those experienced in childhood to those in old age and everything in between, including the happy, the sad, the violent, and the euphoric. Today, The Vagina Monologues is performed worldwide and raises money for V-Day, which is a global movement to stop violence against women.
SafeHouse Denver provided representatives such as Racheal Sluvek who spoke about the importance and significance of our production. One in three women and one in four men will be in an intimate abuse relationship at some point in their life. SafeHouse Denver receives over 11,000 calls yearly from those looking for help, but only 5,000 of those in need are able to access help through the shelter. With the proceeds Medical Students For Choice raised through The Vagina Monologues, many more will be able to have a safe roof over their head when faced with potentially dangerous situations. We want to thank RVU, CU, and all those who attended for their support. We were honored to perform for you!