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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Irene Frachon was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. She obtained a PhD in medicine from Université Paris Ouest in 1989, and is a lung-disease specialist at the University Hospital of Brest. Frachon's studies linking cardiac diseases and the medication Benfluorex – marketed as an anti-diabetic and appetite suppressant called Mediator – played a decisive role in its withdrawal from the French market. Frachon's efforts are chronicled in her 2010 book, Mediator 150 mg: Combien de Morts?, and in Emmanuelle Bercot's 2016 film, 150 Milligrams. In 2011, Frachon was awarded an Anticor citizen's-action ethics prize.