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'.
Leigh Sales was born in Brisbane, Australia. She holds a master's degree in international relations from Victoria's Deakin University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Queensland University of Technology. A journalist and author, Sales is the recipient of two Walkley Awards: for radio current-affairs reporting, in 2005, and for broadcasting and online interviewing, in 2012. Since 2011, Sales has hosted 7.30, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television current-affairs programme. Her book, Detainee 002, earned her the 2007 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism, presented by the University of Technology, Sydney.