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'.
Alfre Woodard was born in Tulsa in Oklahoma, USA. A multiple-award-winning actor and activist, she is a founder of Artists for a New South Africa, an organisation dedicated to ending apartheid, advancing democracy and equality, and fighting HIV/AIDS. In 2009, Woodard was appointed by Barack Obama to serve on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.