Show flaunts ovaries of steel

That Takes Ovaries was an interactive night which explored bold and brazen acts done by females in everyday life. The event, sponsored by the UVM Program Board and the Sally Weinstock Guest Artist Endowment, was held at the Royall Tyler Theatre at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15. The discussion was led by Bobbi Ausubel, a playwright who was one of the first feminists in theater and co-wrote “How To Make A Woman” in 1965. Four scenes from her play “That Takes Ovaries” were performed by UVM students to an attentive audience of both men and women. “That Takes Ovaries” has had more than 700 performances across the globe in an effort to empower women and girls. “Everything can be changed because things have been changed,” Ausubel said while talking about the advances women have made in the last hundred years. “Some women pushed and pushed at the door until that door opened.” In the discussion portion of the event, Ausubel asked the audience why they should lead a bold life. “Because it is too short a life to let others make decisions for you,” said one audience member in response. Ausubel answered her own question, saying that a bold life makes for a more adventurous life and it is the way to make change happen. With this she asked the audience to repeat the positive affirmation, “I make a commitment to lead a bold life.” Following the discussion, audience members were encouraged to share their own experiences of courage or those of a woman they know. Personal anecdotes ranged from telling off bullies to sticking by a bisexual mother to rising in a male-dominated profession to reaching an orgasm. Each person that shared received a “golden ovary award” which was chocolate wrapped in gold foil. “I’m not angry because I’m a feminist, I’m a feminist because I’m angry,” senior Kendra Fleming. “Women are being pushed back into the home, this discussion made me feel like we can change; it was inspiring and energizing.” Even today, there are still places in the world where women can’t own land; less than two percent of titled land is held by women. The audience also included male members. “Men have always been my allies in this work,” Ausubel said. Junior Johnathan Topol said he had his beliefs confirmed by the event. “I’m very much about equality with everything,” Topol said. There is still much work needed for equality, Ausubel said.