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'.
Lavinia Fournier was born in Romania. She moved to France at age fourteen and holds a master's degree in international relations from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilsations, at Paris-Sorbonne University, before working as a financial and administrative manager for AFGE, a French corporate-governance association, and for the not-for-profit Educateam. Fournier began helping Roma living in France in 2014 and became a social worker dedicated to reducing shantytowns on a national level in 2016.