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'.
Elisabeth Masé was born in Basel, Switzerland, and lives in Berlin. She is a graduate of the the Academy of Art and Design FHNW in Basel and is a fine artist. Her paintings and works on paper appear in public and private collections in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. She is the author of two books: Der Hibiskus Blutet and Amerika: Give Me a Reason to Love You. Masé has received numerous awards, including the SwissAward in 1987, the Manor Art Prize in 1992 and a scholarship at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 1985.