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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'.
Rebecca Odes was born in West Orange in New Jersey, USA. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Vassar College, studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. In 1996, she co-founded gURL.com, the first major website for young women. She is the co-author of four books for women and girls, including the bestselling life-guide Deal With It!. In 2013, Odes co-founded Wifey.tv to create and curate media by and for women.