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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'.
Lennie Goodings was born near Niagara Falls, Canada. She is the publisher at Virago, the British trailblazing feminist publishing house that was established by Carmen Callil in 1973. Goodings has worked at Virago, which is now an imprint of Little, Brown, since 1978. She is the author of the children's book When You Grow Up and was a contributor to the 2013 anthology Fifty Shades of Feminism. She is married with two children.