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'.
Kristin Helberg was born in Heilbronn, Germany. She studied political science and journalism in Hamburg and Barcelona, before working as a radio journalist at Norddeutscher Rundfunk, in Hamburg, from 1995 to 2001. In that year, Helberg moved to Damascus, Syria, where she was the only accredited Western reporter for several years; she reported for radio programmes in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as for television and print media, before returning to Germany in 2008. Helberg is the author of two German-language books on Syria and Syrians.