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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'.
Lisa Congdon was born in Niskayuna in New York, USA. She spent fifteen years working in public education before embarking on a career as a writer, illustrator and fine artist. Congdon is the author of seven books, including Whatever You Are, Be a Good One; Art Inc.; Fortune Favors the Brave; The Joy of Swimming; and A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives. Her clients include New York City's Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University and Martha Stewart Living. The organisation Forty Over 40 included Congdon in their 2015 list of the Forty Women Over 40 to Watch.