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'.
Bec Ordish was born in Sydney, Australia. She graduated from Bond University with an honours degree in law, then specialised in intellectual property law. Ordish is a founder of the Mitrataa Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring Nepali people to empower themselves through education, skills, training, networks and self-belief. Ordish has lived and worked in Nepal since 2011, and has two adopted daughters, Nimu and Saraswoti.