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Equal

Equal

EQUAL is BBC journalist Carrie Gracie’s urgent call to arms – a powerful story about how women can fight for equal pay, and how men and employers can help them.

Longlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award 2019

Gracie joined a group of high-profile BBC women who challenged the national broadcaster over equal pay after enforced disclosures revealed huge gaps between top men and women. Gracie had insisted on equal pay at the time of her China posting, and after trying with other BBC women to put things right through negotiation, she eventually resigned her post complaining publicly of a ‘secretive and illegal’ pay culture. Her protest triggered a parliamentary inquiry into BBC pay, and after a protracted internal complaints process, she won an apology from the BBC and a settlement which she donated to the Fawcett Society.

In Equal Gracie will tell her own story, explore why it is often so hard for women to assert their value in the workplace and give practical guidance on what women, men and employers can do to achieve equality for this and future generations of women.

‘Gracie pulls no punches in this account of how she clashed with the BBC over gender-pay inequality . . . Inspiring’ Sunday Times

‘[An] absorbing account of Gracie’s gruelling battle to challenge unequal pay’ Financial Times


‘Pragmatic and honest’ Mail on Sunday
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Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Society & Culture: General / Social Issues & Processes / Feminism & Feminist Theory

On Sale: 5th September 2019

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781405542494

Reviews

Carrie Gracie pulls no punches in this account of how she clashed with the BBC over gender-pay inequality . . . In the book, which is written with great clarity and backed up by a good deal of research, Gracie not only details her own experience but also weaves in studies showing how unconscious bias and gender stereotyping leave women undervalued at work
Sunday Times
Her pragmatic and honest tone hugely boosts her aim of inspiring millions of women
Mail on Sunday
An instructive account of a gruelling battle for equal pay at the BBC . . . [Equal] is about more than just well-heeled media folk. Gracie paints a broader picture of the historical, academic and legal context of women's fight for equality . . . [It's] a tribute to the power of collective action
Financial Times
Carrie Gracie's pragmatic and honest tone hugely boosts her aim of inspiring millions of women 'who are at grave risk of being underpaid and undervalued at some stage in their working lives, if not throughout it'
Mail on Sunday
Written with great clarity and backed up by a good deal of research . . . inspiring
Sunday Times