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'.
Kakali Sen was born in Kolkata, India. At the age of fourteen, she began working twelve-hour days, seven days a week, in a jewellery factory. Sen now works as an artisan at The Loyal Workshop, and lives with her older sister in a red-light district of Bowbazar, Kolkata.