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'.
Véronique Vasseur was born in Paris, France. She graduated with a doctorate in medicine from Université Broussais Hotel Dieu in 1976. Vasseur worked in French medical social security before being employed at La Santé Prison, Paris, in 1992; becoming the prison's chief medical officer in 1993. Her book Médecin-chef à la Prison de la Santé, which recounted her experiences at La Santé, was published in 2001, and resulted in death threats and a parliamentary inquiry. Vasseur is a member of the International Observatory of Prisons, and now works in the Hôpital Saint-Antoine, a public hospital. Vasseur is also a painter.