That Takes Ovaries!

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About us

We are a nonprofit women's and girls'
organization, under the fiscal umbrella of
another nonprofit dedicated to arts and

Random House 2002; and to be published
in China in 2004) is an exciting new
collection of real life stories from women and
girls about the bold, gutsy, brazen,
outrageous, audacious, courageous, in-
your-face things they have done. The book
is jam-packed with 64 multi-culti, short, fun,
sassy, touching true tales of estrogen-
powered deeds and is coupled with a
grassroots movement for women's and girls'

In the past 1.5 years there have been 85
That Takes Ovaries! open mikes, readings
and dramatizations held around the U.S. --
and now India and Africa, too -- organized
locally by women in the community. At an
open mike, women and girls share stories
about times they acted courageously and
boldly, or they tell about a woman they know
who acted strong and sassy. Men and boys
also proudly share stories about the women
in their lives. Everyone who shares a story
gets a chocolate egg wrapped in gold foil: a
Golden Ovary award. Many events are
fundraisers for girls' groups and groups
working to end human rights abuses against
girls. The beauty of this book and movement
is that anyone interested in organizing a
That Takes Ovaries! Open Mike in their own
area can find the guidelines on how to do it
in the back of the book or on the website, or they can
contact the book editor Rivka

The book and the events surrounding it
have gotten a good deal of regional and
national press in the U.S., including
Glamour, Jane and Playgirl magazines, the
Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle,
Boston Globe, Detroit Free Press and NY
Daily News. We were also a Boston Globe
bestseller. And now we are getting a good
deal of press in India, where our movement
is fast growing. Lastly, we have the Ovaries!
play and we need to get the word out to

For more info on the book and the growing
grassroots open mike movement, and the
play, see


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