A free interactive exhibition called 200 Women: The Listening Ground is now on at the Sydney Opera House.
Opened by Westpac, the exhibition is designed to highlight diversity and equality through the stories of 200 women around the world, and is an extension of Westpac’s support of the book called 200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World.
“Our intention wasn’t to simply focus on successful and powerful women, but to highlight the diversity and authenticity of real women with real stories,” the book’s co-author Geoff Blackwell says.
The book is founded on 200 interviews with women in different circumstances, who answered five questions on the theme: ‘what is most important to them.’
Australian women featured in the book include fashion designer, Collette Dinnigan, food personality Maggie Beer, sociologist and academic Dr Susan Carland, author and social commentator Jane Caro, and senior scientist Adele Green.
“Jane Caro for example, talks through her lifelong passion for advocating for feminism,” co-author Ruth Hobday says.
“The responses of these women and all others, simultaneously educated, humbled and inspired us.”
The immersive experience includes interactive pods which use motion sensors and touch screens to bring some of these remarkable stories to life.
The launch of the exhibition marks the first stage of a two-year partnership between Westpac and the Opera House, and comes as Westpac affirms its achievement of 50 per cent Women in Leadership roles.
Located on the Western Boardwalk of the Opera House, the exhibition runs daily from 8am to 11pm and ends 6 November 2017.