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'.
Jessica Grace Smith
Jessica Grace Smith was born in Taihape, New Zealand. She graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School with a bachelor of performing arts in 2009. An actor, writer, director and producer, Smith appeared in the long-running and award-winning Australian drama series, Home & Away, between 2014 and 2015. Her first short film, Everybody Else Is Taken– the story of a young girl who refuses to let her gender define her –premiered at the New York International Children's Film Festival in 2017.