Introducing you today to what’s both a landmark book, and the realisation of an epic global journey by two New Zealand creatives to meet with 200 women across the world – rich and poor, black and white, educated and uneducated, famous and unknown and ask each woman five fundamental questions. What really matters to you?, What brings you happiness?, What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?, What would you change if you could?, and Which single word do you most identify with?
Their answers, alongside honest portraits by photographer Kieran E. Scott, form this almost-400 page hardcover book. I’ve been reading my copy of 200 Women slowly, dipping into one interview at a time, and the women’s answers take you through the whole gamut of the human condition. It’s an at-times painful, but ultimately massively powerful – inspiring, empowering, and real.
Along with iconic internationals such as Jane Goodall, conservation and animal welfare activist and Graca Michel, widow of Nelson Mandela and an impressive political and social activist, there are a number of New Zealand women featured in the book too – golfer and Olympian Lydia Ko, musician Kimbra, designer and fashion empire founder Karen Walker, noted NZ feminist Marilyn Waring, co-owner of beloved NZ eatery Coco’s Cantina Damaris Coulter, politician and change-maker Marama Fox, and more.
Images copyright © 2017 Kieran E. Scott
Behind the book are New Zealanders Geoff Blackwell and Ruth Hobday. Geoff and Ruth are the founders of Blackwell & Ruth, award-winning creators of international book projects for publishers in 40 countries. The duo’s books are founded on subjects that matter personally to them and books that they hope, in their own words “will add to the volume of good in the world.” Their bestselling series of cookbooks, as just one project of note, has already raised over $1 million for organisations devoted to providing meals for people in need. Give these people TV news coverage, not Don Brash.
A percentage of revenue from book sales goes to organisations nominated by the women in the book.
200 Women by Ruth Hobday, Geoff Blackwell, and Kieran Scott,
Distributed by Upstart Press, $75 RRP