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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'.
Valerie Van Galder
Valerie Van Galder was born in Chicago in Illinois, USA. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Van Galder has worked in the entertainment industry for over thirty years. Van Galder currently runs Depressed Cake Shop, a global pop-up concept, raising awareness and funds to help people suffering from mental health issues. She is on the board of directors of St. Joseph Center in Venice, California, an agency assisting low-income families and the homeless.