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'.
Kathy Eldon was born in Cedar Rapids in Iowa, USA. In 1993, Eldon's son, Dan – who was a Reuters photographer and war correspondent – was stoned to death in Somalia. Inspired by his memory, in 1997 Eldon and her daughter, Amy Eldon Turteltaub, founded the Creative Visions Foundation, dedicated to inspiring and empowering creative activism. Through Creative Visions, Eldon has incubated more than two hundred and sixty projects and produced award-winning films, including a feature about her son, The Journey is the Destination. She is the author of seventeen books.