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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'.
Rosie Batty was born in Laneham, England. She moved to Australia in 1988. In 2014, her eleven-year-old son, Luke, was murdered by his father. Batty works as an advocate and campaigner against family violence. Her work was recognised with a national Pride of Australia Medal for courage in 2014 and she was named Australian of the Year in 2015. Her memoir, A Mother's Story, was published in 2015.