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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'.
Roxane Gay was born in Omaha in Nebraska, USA. She is the author of several acclaimed books, including The New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, a collection of essays exploring issues related to modern feminist identity and her experiences as a first-generation American born to Haitian parents. An associate professor at Purdue University, Gay is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and, in 2006, cofounded PANK Magazine, a literary magazine fostering access to emerging and innovative poetry and prose.