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'.
Rachel Perkins was born in Canberra, Australia. She is an Australian Aboriginal woman of the Arrente Nation and Kalkadoon People, and also of German descent. In 1992, Perkins founded Blackfella Films, a production company committed to culturally significant stories, told by and with Indigenous media practitioners. She is a director and producer of award-winning television drama and documentary films. Perkins serves on the council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and on the Australian Heritage Council.