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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'.
Jan Owen AM was born in Brisbane, Australia. She has spent twenty-five years growing Australia's youth, social-enterprise and innovation sectors. In 2000, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia. In 2012, she was named overall winner of the inaugural Australian Financial Review Westpac 100 Women of Influence awards. Owen is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime and The Future Chasers. She is also the chief executive officer of the Foundation for Young Australians and of YLab, a global youth-futures design and learning lab.