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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Nicole Avant was born in Los Angeles in California, USA. She graduated from California State University, Northridge. In 2009, she was named the thirteenth United States Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas after a unanimous senate confirmation. Avant was the first African-American woman and the youngest person to hold this title. She has been honoured for her philanthropy by organisations including The Trumpet Awards and Children Mending Hearts. She is a board member for several not-for-profit organisations, including Girls Inc. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art board of trustees.