'200 Women' Is The Coffee Table Book That Will Inform Your Activism In The Days Ahead

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A new photography book aims a spotlight on the most inspiring, active, and intelligent women in the world. Geoff Blackwell and Ruth Hobday's 200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World contains insightful interviews with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane Goodall, Alfre Woodard, and 197 other great women, presented alongside stunning portraits from photographer Kieran E. Scott. Bustle has a peek inside 200 Women, so keep reading to check out a small sampling of what it has to offer.

At a time when women's rights are under constant attack from politicians around the world, we need books like 200 Women to remind us how far we have come, and to inspire us to tighten up our activism and be better allies. Included among the book's ranks are the founders of some of the most successful and prominent social-justice movements of our time, including Women's March organizer Linda Sarsour, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, and National Farm Workers Association founder Dolores Huerta.

Now, as you've probably guessed, 200 Women is a highly political book. If you aren't a political person, first of all, what do you stall for? Right now, the rights of women, people of color, children, people with disabilities, LGBTQIAP+ individuals, immigrants, Muslims, the poor, and pretty much every other disadvantaged or marginalized group imaginable are under attack in the U.S. Unless you're a U.S.-born, documented, rich, white, able-bodied, cisgender, heterosexual, Christian man, that includes you. Even if you aren't personally affected by what's happening, members of your family and social circle are almost certainly affected by this assault on our rights. If nothing that has happened over the last two years has spurred you toward activism, consider this the splash in your face: Wake up. Hit the streets. Resist.

200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World edited by Geoff Blackwell, Ruth Hobday and photographed by Kieran Scott, $37.04, Amazon

Believe me when I say that the people profiled in 200 Women will be the names that go down in our daughters' history books, both for their activist efforts and for the wisdom they have imparted upon the world.

200 Women is already on store shelves. If you're on the fence about whether or not to buy it for yourself and others this holiday season, keep scrolling to check out the excerpts Bustle has received from publisher Chronicle Books. Below you'll find meaningful quotes from seven of your favorite authors and actresses, including Roxane Gay and Danielle Brooks. Read them, and check out the rest of their amazing sisters in 200 Women, available now at your favorite bookstore.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of Purple Hibiscus, We Should All Be Feminists, and Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.

Q. What would you change if you could?

Q. Which single word do you most identify with?

Isabel Allende

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Isabel Allende is the author of The House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune, and The Japanese Lover.

Q. What would you change if you could?

Q. Which single word do you most identify with?

Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood is the author of The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, and The Robber Bride.

Q. What would you change if you could?

Q. Which single word do you most identify with?

Danielle Brooks

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Best known for portraying Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson on the Netflix Original Series Orange Is the New Black, Danielle Brooks was nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for her role as Sofia in the Broadway production of The Color Purple.

Q. What would you change if you could?

Q. Which single word do you most identify with?

Angela Davis

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Angela Davis is the author of Women, Race & Class, Are Prisons Obsolete?, and Freedom Is a Constant Struggle.

Q. What would you change if you could?

Q. Which single word do you most identify with?

Roxane Gay

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Roxane Gay is the author of An Untamed State, Difficult Women, and Hunger: A Memoir of My Body.

Q. What would you change if you could?

Q. Which single word do you most identify with?

Ashley Judd

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Ashley Judd is an actress and activist, best known for her roles in Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, and Divergent.

Q. What would you change if you could?

Q. Which single word do you most identify with?

200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World by Geoff Blackwell, Ruth Hobday and photographed by Kieran Scott, $37.04, Amazon

From 200 Women by photographer Kieran Scott, edited by Ruth Hobday and Geoff Blackwell (Chronicle Books, 2017).