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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'.
Linda Sarsour, born in Brooklyn in New York, USA, is an award-winning racial justice and civil rights activist, and mother of three. Sarsour, a member of Justice League NYC, co-chaired the 2015 March2Justice, a four hundred-kilometre march from New York City to Washington, DC, advocating for legislative reform to end racial profiling and demilitarise police. Sarsour is a former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and a co-founder of Muslims for Ferguson and of MPOWER Change, the first Muslim online organising platform. She co-chaired the historic 2017 Women's March on Washington and its ongoing calls to action.