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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Safia Shah was born in London, England, and is the daughter of Sufi philosopher Idries Shah. She has worked with Afghan refugees on the Pakistan–Afghan border, has owned a traditional British food store and is the author of numerous books and short stories. In 1990, Afghan Caravan – a miscellany collected by Shah's father and edited by her – was selected as the Daily Telegraph Book of the Year.