Gayle talks to actress Kerry Washington at V to the Tenth, an event marking the 10-year anniversary of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women across the globe. Kerry talks about why V-Day is important to her and how she got involved.
Kerry remembers the first time she saw playwright Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, a play consisting of monologues celebrating the vagina and female empowerment. Eve went on to found V-Day. "I remember it was like a huge paradigm shift in my brain because I felt like I was hearing things about myself that I had never said to anybody—thoughts I thought were mine alone," Kerry says.
She hopes V-Day will inspire women around the world to connect with their communities and realize they are not alone in their struggles. "I am hoping that women leave here more connected to their truth," she says. For Kerry, becoming involved in a creative movement like V-Day that helps people love themselves is something she really believes in. "I feel like I have actually been challenged this weekend to receive love in a bigger way than I am used to."
Printed from Oprah.com on Friday, December 13, 2013