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'.
Laura Dawn was born in Pleasantville in Iowa, USA. She is a politcal activist, writer and filmmaker. From 2003 to 2012, she was the creative and cultural director for MoveOn.org, a public-policy advocacy group and political action committee. In 2012, she co-founded Art Not War, a cultural strategy group specializing in campaigns for social justice and progressive issues.