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THE PITCH: This is an exciting and important book about women - it brings a fresh perspective, ap... Read More

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THE PITCH: This is an exciting and important book about women - it brings a fresh perspective, approaching feminism from a new angle, and makes us look at the world anew. Powerful and universal subject matter - this book touches everyone.THE BOOK: has a rigorous theoretical structure, drawing on original research commissioned to support the arguments she is proposing. It also features a series of interviews with high profile women, including Bernadine Evaristo, Lady Hale; Liz Truss; Caitlin Moran; Mary Beard; Cherie Blair; Julia Gillard; Hillary Clinton.THE COMPS include Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez (94k PB); Inferior by Angela Saini (15k PB); Sway by Pragya Agarwal (2.2k HB TCM); Everyday Sexism (30k PB) and Men Who Hate Women (7k PB) by Laura Bates.THE CAMPAIGN will include an extensive programme of events and national media combined with an impactful digital campaign to reach 3 million readers, to coincide with International Women's Day 2022.THE AUTHOR: Mary Ann is a huge asset - well-connected and brilliant at publicity, she won a large following as a Times columnist for her writing on politics, economics, feminism and life in general and she frequently presents programmes on Radio 4 (including Fallout, A Job for the Boys, Start the Week).Mary Ann Sieghart spent 20 years as Assistant Editor and columnist at The Times and won a large following for her columns on politics, economics, feminism, parenthood and life in general. She has presented many programmes on BBC Radio 4, such as Start the Week, Profile, Analysis and One to One. She chaired the revival of The Brains Trust on BBC2 and recently spent a year as a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She has chaired the Social Market Foundation think tank and sits on numerous boards.Here is a brilliant manifesto explaining why women are still so underestimated and overlooked in today's world, but how we can also be hopeful for change.Just in case anyone still thinks the patriarchy is a figment of feminist imagination, this book will prove otherwise. Everyone needs to read The Authority Gap because in order to change our culture, we need to fully recognise the problem.An impassioned, meticulously argued and optimistic call to arms for anyone who cares about creating a fairer society.Persuasive, arresting, punchy and incisive.Crackling with controlled anger, it features some eye-popping stories and a stellar cast of interviewees, from presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and former Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt to the novelist Bernardine Evaristo. Buy it for any woman ever talked over in a meeting, or patronised by a man who knows less than them.Deeply researched, profoundly thoughtful and a book very much for the here and now: Mary Ann Sieghart's The Authority Gap is the book she was probably born to write. It is both a warning tract for bombastic, dismissive men, and a cheerful manual for all ambitious women.In The Authority Gap, Mary Ann Sieghart combines an absorbing review of the contemporary evidence on the systematic undervaluing of women with some powerful new insights. Whether you know a little or a lot about sexism and misogyny, there is much to learn from this book, including some very practical tips on creating change that you can implement the minute after you turn the last page.Fascinating, powerful...the subject is very close to my heart.Hugely exciting.At last here is a credible roadmap that is capable of taking women from the margins to the centre by bridging the authority gap that holds back even the best and most talented of women. Read this and weep at what we are wasting. Read this and believe we can fly on two wings and soon.Well-written, illuminating... has some excellent statistics and arguments to understand better the gap that harms even very successful women.Fascinating, thorough, empowering... One of those books that takes something ubiquitous, that many have become desensitised to, and slowly exposes its far-reaching implications.You have to read this book. Honestly, you really do. Because if you don't, you won't know what life is really like. Whether you are a man or a woman, you are going to see your life as a parent, a partner, a colleague quite differently.This is an essential account of structural sexism and the price it exacts - but it is so much more. In her extensive research and command of the evidence, Mary Ann Sieghart delivers nothing less than a modern map of the way we live, think and interact - and how we can do so much better. A must-read by one of the most important public intellectuals at work today.Sieghart demonstrates through meticulous use of the research data that these manly sins are disproportionately likely to be directed by men against women, and that their cumulative effect can sometimes be enormous.All men stand to benefit from this book, by becoming more self-aware. But it is also a great guide to how to work and live together more productively, by understanding our fellow human-beings better, be they female or male, colleagues, friends or family.Passionate...gives plenty of evidence that the issue still matters.Captivating account of how sexism is still rife in the corridors of power. Sieghart writes with empathy, clarity and passion. The book is enormously authoritative, knitting together academic studies with interviews of leading public figures.Really thought-provoking and challenging. Every man should read it, and then become consciously more deferential to women who know more than you.Eye opening and gloriously galvanising ... Impassioned, meticulously argued and optimistic

*A WATERSTONES 'BEST POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEAR'*
*A TIMES 'BEST PHILOSOPHY AND IDEAS' BOOK OF 2021*
*A GUARDIAN 'BEST POLITICS BOOKS OF THE YEAR'*
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 BUSINESS BOOK AWARD

'A brilliant manifesto explaining why women are still so underestimated and overlooked in today's world, but how we can also be hopeful for change' - Philippa Perry

'An impassioned, meticulously argued and optimistic call to arms for anyone who cares about creating a fairer society' - Observer
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Imagine living in a world in which you were routinely patronised by women.

Imagine having your views ignored or your expertise frequently challenged by them.

Imagine people always addressing the woman you are with before you.

Now imagine a world in which the reverse of this is true.

The Authority Gap provides a startling perspective on the unseen bias at work in our everyday lives, to reveal the scale of the gap that still persists between men and women. Would you believe that US Supreme Court Justices are interrupted four times more often than male ones... 96% of the time by men? Or that British parents, when asked to estimate their child's IQ will place their son at 115 and their daughter at 107?

Marshalling a wealth of data with precision and insight, and including interviews with pioneering women such as Baroness Hale, Mary Beard and Bernadine Evaristo, Mary Ann exposes unconscious bias in this fresh feminist take on how to address and counteract systemic sexism in ways that benefit us all.

Includes interviews with pioneering women such as:

Baroness Hale
Mary Beard
Bernadine Evaristo
Mary McAleese
Julia Gillard
Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes
Cherie Blair
Liz Truss
Amber Rudd
Frances Morris
Laura Bates
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'Hugely exciting' - Emily Maitlis

'Deeply researched, profoundly thoughtful and a book very much for the here and now: Mary Ann Sieghart's The Authority Gap is the book she was probably born to write' - Andrew Marr

'At last here is a credible roadmap that is capable of taking women from the margins to the centre by bridging the authority gap that holds back even the best and most talented of women. - Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland

Product Details

Title: TheAuthority Gap
Author: Mary Ann Sieghart
SKU: BK0446748
EAN: 9781784165888
Language: English

About Author

Mary Ann Sieghart spent 20 years as Assistant Editor and columnist at The Times and won a large following for her columns on politics, economics, feminism, parenthood and life in general. She has presented many programmes on BBC Radio 4, such as Start the Week, Profile, Analysis and One to One. She chaired the revival of The Brains Trust on BBC2 and recently spent a year as a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She has also chaired the Social Market Foundation think tank, sits on numerous boards, and is currently a Visiting Professor at King's College London.

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