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'.
Alexandra Zavis was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She spent a decade as a journalist with the Associated Press, reporting from war-torn countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2006, Zavis joined the Los Angeles Times as an international-affairs writer and editor. She is a recipient of the American Academy of Diplomacy's Arthur Ross Media Award for distinguished reporting and analysis on foreign affairs and the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for foreign correspondence.