who will change the way
you see the world
200 Women is a book and exhibition inspired by a belief that you can’t empower women without listening to their stories. Our subsequent idea was to persuade two hundred women in different parts of the world - whether they be rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, famous or unknown - to sit or stand in front of a plain sheet of fabric and to be photographed and filmed while answering five fundamental questions.
Our goal was not to make a book about just successful and powerful women; those stories are important, but we wanted diversity, and above all, authenticity. Two hundred 'real women', with 'real stories'.
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Berivan Vigoureux earned a master's degree in the history of cinema, after moving to France, from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and a television and cinema diploma from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français. Vigoureux is a filmmaker and freelance journalist, reporting for the likes of the CAPA press agency, France 24 and Paris Match. She directed the 2011 documentary Kurdistan: The Other Iraq.