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'.
Marilyn Waring CNZM was born in Ngāruawāhia, New Zealand. She holds a doctoral degree in political economy from the University of Waikato, and at age twenty-three she became a member of parliament, serving until 1984. Waring's internationally influential critique of gross domestic product, If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics, appeared in 1988. Since 2006, she has been a professor of public policy at the Institute of Public Policy at AUT University. In 2008, Waring was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to women and economics.