By: Ben Imhoff
SHIPPENSBURG- Ever since 2004, the “Vagina Monologues” have had a place on the Shippensburg University campus.
Every year there is a new person appointed to direct the “Vagina Monologues”. Miyumi Fair, an intern for the Shippensburg University Women’s Center, has the job this year.
“The goal of the monologues is for female identity to not be a secret,” Fair said. Fair also mentioned that the female identity should not be only something you should discuss with you mother or doctor.
“We go through trials and tribulation and it’s not just women. There are people who also identify as female,” Fair said.
Before “The Vagina Monologues”, Fair was in “My Short Skirt” in 2016. The old director of the women’s center, Stephanie Erdice, asked Fair to be in charge of the monologues this year. “I have always been involved with programs and I have always wanted to do “The Vagina Monologues”. I just asked myself, what if I’m the director?” Fair said.
During “The Vagina Monologues” each year, someone is presented the Vagina Warrior Award. The award goes to a man or woman on campus or the community, who works to end violence against women and girls. The recipient promotes the equality of women in society.
Fair also points out that there are many different faces, backgrounds, and politically religious backgrounds. There are a variety of people helping out with the show this year. “We also don’t want people who come to the show and think why do these women think there’s no place for them? We don’t want people to have that attitude toward the show,” Fair said. Fair adds that they simply want you to know how these women feel and the trials and tribulations they go through.
Kelsey Roman, the interim director of the women’s center, has a role in “The Vagina Monologues”. Roman has worked at the women’s center since December. Roman’s part in the show is the spotlight of women against violence in the workplace.
“Miyumi asked if I could do the spotlight and I accepted right away. The whole point of this spotlight is to give women empowerment in the workplace,” Roman said. She decided to do the spotlight because she is very passionate about empowerment of women and leadership. “We want to bring equal opportunities to women and marginalized populations.”
“The Vagina Monologues” will take place Feb. 16-18 at Memorial Auditorium. Tickets at the door are $5 for students and $10 for adults.