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'.
Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France. She holds a degree in international relations from Middle East Technical University, a master's degree in gender and women's studies and a PhD in political science. Shafak is the author of fifteen books, including the bestselling The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love. Her books have been published in forty-seven languages and have been long- and short-listed for numerous awards. Shafak is also a political commentator, TEDGlobal speaker, a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.