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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Renée Montagne was born in Oceanside in California, USA. She is best known as the co-host from 2004 to 2016, of the National Public Radio's flagship news programme, 'Morning Edition.' She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in English, and began her award-winning journalism career at an independent community radio station in San Francisco, KPOO, which dubs itself 'poor people's radio.' Montagne travelled to South Africa in 1990, arriving the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and covered the nation's transition to democracy up to President Mandela's inauguration. She has worked extensively in Afghanistan since 9/11.