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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Caroline Paul was born in New York City, USA. She obtained her pilot's license at twenty and eventually flew paragliders and ultralights. At twenty-three she joined an all-women whitewater team, rafting unexplored rivers in places like Borneo and Australia. A Stanford graduate, Paul joined the San Francisco Fire Department soon after, becoming the fifteenth female firefighter in a department of fifteen hundred men. She is currently a writer, and the author of four books, including The New York Times bestseller, The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. She is the twin sister of Alexandra Paul (featured).