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'.
Anita Heiss was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and is a member of the Wiradjuri Nation of central New South Wales. Heiss' award-winning published works include the novel Not Meeting Mr Right, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature and the memoir Am I Black Enough For You? Heiss has been a communications advisor for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council, and deputy director of Warawara – Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. She is a lifetime ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and manages the Epic Good Foundation.