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'.
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Ellen Bryant Voigt was born in Chatham in Virginia, USA, and lives in Vermont. A teacher and writer, Voigt is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Messenger: New and Selected Poems, 1976–2006, which was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, and two collections of essays on the craft of poetry. In 2015, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship.