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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'.
Mary Coussey was born in Plymouth, England. She has worked for the United Kingdom's Race Relations Board and its Commission for Racial Equality. For three years she was the Independent Race Monitor for the immigration service, monitoring how immigration staff treated certain nationalities prescribed by the Minister of State for Immigration on arrival in the United Kingdom. She now advocates for social justice and chairs the independent monitoring board for the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.