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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Valerie Van Galder
Valerie Van Galder was born in Chicago in Illinois, USA. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Van Galder has worked in the entertainment industry for over thirty years. Van Galder currently runs Depressed Cake Shop, a global pop-up concept, raising awareness and funds to help people suffering from mental health issues. She is on the board of directors of St. Joseph Center in Venice, California, an agency assisting low-income families and the homeless.