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'.
Sophie Mathisen was born in Hammersmith, England, and moved to Australia in 1990. A master's graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the United Kingdom, Mathisen wrote, directed and performed in the 2016 film Drama. Mathisen is on the committee of Women in Film and Television (WIFT), which is committed to improving the position and representation of women in the film and television industries.