As 2020 marks a milestone anniversary in the United States for women’s rights, National Geographic is celebrating women here and around the world. The company has announced a new book, WOMEN: The National Geographic Image Collection that examines influential females and the impact they’ve had on how we view women.

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What’s happening:

  • National Geographic has announced they are releasing a new book, WOMEN: The National Geographic Image Collection this fall.
  • 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote. To celebrate this historic milestone, National Geographic’s new book will showcase iconic women from all over the world.
  • WOMEN: The National Geographic Image Collection illuminates, celebrates and reflects on where the world’s women have been, where they are now and where they are going.
  • WOMEN: The National Geographic Image Collection will be available on October 22, 2019. The title is available now for pre-order on Amazon.

About the book:

  • The book will feature 400 stunning photographs from National Geographic’s image collection, span three centuries, and more than 30 countries.
  • Each page creates a portrait of some aspect of women’s existence and shows readers how the depiction of women has evolved since National Geographic’s founding in 1888.
  • Featuring 17 behind-the-scenes stories from famed female National Geographic photographers, including Lynsey Addario, Jodi Cobb and Ami Vitale, about some of their most arresting images of women, this provocative book examines women’s lifestyles across world cultures, from historic suffragette images to the haunting green-eyed “Afghan girl.”
  • WOMEN is divided into six themes:
    • JOY
    • BEAUTY
    • LOVE
    • WISDOM
    • HOPE
  • Complementing the chapters are three sections called “PORTRAITS OF POWER.” These are intimate photos and interviews in which National Geographic’s first female editor-in-chief, Susan Goldberg, posed the same 11 questions to an iconic group of activists, luminaries, politicians and celebrities.
  • Among those featured are:
    • Oprah Winfrey
    • Dr. Jane Goodall
    • Gun control activist Emma González
    • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
    • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
    • Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Former first lady Laura Bush
  • WOMEN: The National Geographic Image Collection is a compelling, timely and richly diverse volume. It honors groundbreaking women everywhere who’ve made it possible to say, definitively, that the future is female.
  • The book will have the full support of the unprecedented National Geographic media arsenal, including a corresponding cover of National Geographic magazine and a one-hour companion documentary to air on National Geographic around the world.

National Geographic Magazine and WOMEN:

  • With the magazine’s November issue, National Geographic launches a yearlong, enterprise-wide project exploring women’s lives around the globe.
  • Available on both print and digital platforms, the project will offer compelling photography, in-depth reporting and essays by influential storytellers.
  • It will include the voices of thousands of women as they describe the challenges, opportunities and promise of womanhood today.

National Geographic Channel and WOMEN:

  • As part of the yearlong focus on women, the National Geographic Channel will air a one-hour documentary showcasing some of the remarkable women interviewed for the book and for the magazine’s special edition, as well as other women who are making a difference around the world.

About Susan Goldberg:

  • Susan Goldberg is editorial director of National Geographic Partners and editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine.
  • She is the 10th editor — and the first female editor — of the magazine, which published its first issue in October 1888. Under her leadership, National Geographic magazine has been honored with five National Magazine Awards, including the top prize for General Excellence in 2019, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2019 and for Explanatory Reporting in 2017.
  • Before National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage at Bloomberg News.
  • In 2013 she was named by Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in media. Goldberg lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband.