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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'.
Katherine Acey was born in Utica in New York, USA. An activist in the women's, racial justice and LGBTQI movements, Acey served as executive director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice from 1987 to 2010. Acey is the director of strategic collaborations for GRIOT (Gay Reunion in our Time) Circle, which addresses the needs of older LGBTQI people of colour. She is a senior activist fellow emerita at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and a board member for both the Center for Constitutional Rights and for Political Research Associates.