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'.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied was born in Khartoum, Sudan, and moved to Australia just before her second birthday. She holds a bachelor of mechanical engineering from the University of Queensland. An author, mechanical engineer, activist and television presenter, Abdel-Magied sits on the boards of ChildFund Australia, the Australian government's Council for Australian–Arab Relations and the domestic-violence-prevention organisation Our Watch. In 2015, she was recognised as Queensland's Young Australian of the Year.