Grand Valley State University Women's Center

That Takes Ovaries!

That Takes Ovaries!: Bold Women, Brazen Acts is a play co-written by Rivka Solomon and Bobbi Ausubel. The play offers an exciting collection of real-life stories from women and girls about the gutsy, outrageous, courageous things they have done. The stories are multicultural, funny, sassy, and touching true tales of estrogen-powered deeds. The play also includes true stories submitted by our own GVSU campus and community! 

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That Takes Ovaries! 2013 Performances: March 22 and 23, 2013

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Opportunities to get involved with That Takes Ovaries!:

  • Volunteer through the Women's Issues Volunteer Corps at one of the performances
  • Attend the performances (and encourage your friends and family to buy tickets as well!)
  • Submit a story to be included in next year's production

Who can have ovaries? Are men welcome to be involved? Yes!

But if we want things to change—truly, radically change—we need to understand the full complexity of how a society steeped in sexism hurts all involved.  How it tries to turn inherently strong girls into women who hesitate to use their power, and inherently compassionate boys into men with an inclination to dominate or hurt.  For any one group to be free of these harmful effects of institutionalized sexism, we all need access to our full range of emotions and abilities; we all need to escape the gender roles and rules our culture declares definitive.
-Rivka Solomon, That Takes Ovaries! Founder and Executive Director

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions; send an e-mail to; or contact the Women's Center (616.331.2748) for more information.

Curious about our transition from The Vagina Monologues? Read our rationale.

Page last modified June 27, 2013