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'.
Louise Nicholas ONZM was born in Rotorua, New Zealand. A survivor of childhood and adult sexual violence, Nicholas is a campaigner and advocate for victims of sexual violence, liaising with survivors and their families, with communities and with police. Nicholas is the co-author of Louise Nicholas: My Story, which she wrote with investigative journalist Phil Kitchin. In 2007, Nicholas was recognised as the New Zealand Herald's New Zealander of the Year, and, in 2015, she was made an Officer of the Order of New Zealand for services to the prevention of sexual violence.