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'.
Bettina Böttinger was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. She is a history and language graduate of the University of Bonn. Böttinger began her career as a journalist with Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne and is an award-winning presenter of television programmes that include Hier und Heute, Parlazzo, B. trifft . . . and Kölner Treff. She is also a long-time supporter of women's rights organisation Medica Mondiale, child-welfare organisation Burundikids and HIV/AIDS awareness. In 2007, she was awarded the Federal Republic of Germany's Order of Merit Cross and, in 2009, was awarded the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.