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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Deborah Santana was born in San Francisco in California, USA. Her non-profit, Do A Little, serves women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. In 2005, Santana published a memoir, Space Between the Stars. Santana has produced five short documentary films, including four with Emmy-award winning director Barbara Rick: Road to Ingwavuma, Girls of Daraja School of My Dreams and Powerful Beyond Measure. Santana's films highlight the work of non-profit partners in South Africa and of a free secondary boarding school for girls in Kenya. Santana is mother to three adult children: Salvador, Stella and Angelica.