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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Lavinia Fournier was born in Romania. She moved to France at age fourteen and holds a master's degree in international relations from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilsations, at Paris-Sorbonne University, before working as a financial and administrative manager for AFGE, a French corporate-governance association, and for the not-for-profit Educateam. Fournier began helping Roma living in France in 2014 and became a social worker dedicated to reducing shantytowns on a national level in 2016.