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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'.
Marita Cheng was born in Cairns, Australia. She holds a bachelor of engineering in mechatronics and a bachelor of computer science from the University of Melbourne. In 2012, Cheng was named Young Australian of the Year for her work as the founder of Robogals Global, which teaches girls robotics artifical intelligence and encourages their interest in engineering. She is the founder and chief executive officer of aubot, which builds robots that help people in their everyday lives, and a co-founder of Aipoly, an application that allows the blind to recognise objects using their mobile phones.