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'.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell was born in New York City, USA. A working actor since childhood, she has received critical acclaim for her performances in Eve's Bayou, The Great Debaters, Friday Night Lights and Underground, among other roles. Her awards include a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer, and three National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Awards. Smollett-Bell is a committed activist working for racial justice and children's rights and to stop HIV/AIDS. She is on the board of directors of Children's Defense Fund and was a long-term board member of Artists for a New South Africa.