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'.
Florence Aubenas was born in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated as a journalist from the Centre de Formation des Journalistes in Paris in 1984, before embarking on a reporting career with Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur – today L'Obs – and Le Monde. In 2005, while working in Baghdad, Iraq, Aubenas was abducted; she was released five months later. In 2010, her book, Le Quai de Ouistreham – which chronicled her experiences working undercover as a cleaner on ferries operating out of Ouistreham port, near Caen, France – won her the Jean Amila-Meckert prize and the Joseph Kessel Prize.