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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'.
Jody Williams was born in Vermont, USA. She was involved in her first protest, against the Vietnam War, in 1970. During the 1980s, she worked against United States military involvement in Central America. Williams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work coordinating the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. She helped found, and is the chair of, the Nobel Women's Initiative, which unites women recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize to support grassroots women's organisations in conflict areas.