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'.
Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman was born in Bennettsville in South Carolina, USA. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, she was the first African American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar. In 1968, she became counsel for the Poor People's Campaign, initiated by Martin Luther King Jr. In 1973, she founded the Children's Defense Fund, a not-for-profit child advocacy organisation of which she remains president. Edelman's work has been widely recognised; among many awards, she is a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.