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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'.
Jude Kelly CBE was born in Liverpool, England. She holds a bachelor of arts in drama and theatre arts from the University of Birmingham, and has directed numerous award-winning theatre and opera productions. In 2006, Kelly became the artistic director of the Southbank Centre, the United Kingdom's largest cultural institution. She is the founder of several arts organisations and events, including WOW – Women of the World Festival, which celebrates women and girls, and promotes gender equality. Kelly was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the arts in 2015.