A Campaign for Equal Pay
We are delighted to share the cover for for Equal by Carrie Gracie, an inspiring book about how we can fight for equal pay and other kinds of equality in the workplace.
Carrie Gracie grew up in north east Scotland and set up a restaurant before completing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford. In a BBC career spanning more than three decades, she has served as China correspondent and Beijing bureau chief, presenter on the BBC News Channel and host of the weekly BBC World Service programme The Interview. She has made many documentaries for TV and radio, winning prizes including a Peabody and an Emmy, and commentating at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In January 2018, Gracie left her post as the BBC’s China editor in protest at unequal pay, publishing an open letter to BBC audiences and giving evidence before a parliamentary committee. Six months later, she won an apology from the BBC. She donated all her back pay to the gender equality charity, the Fawcett Society, to help low-paid women facing pay discrimination. She continues to serve as a BBC News presenter, and as a member of the ‘BBC Women’ group, she campaigns for a more equal, fair and transparent pay structure at the national broadcaster.
Equal is out this September.
'Equal tells a personal story that changed the public debate' Guardian
'[An] absorbing account . . . she laces her tale with mordant humour' Financial Times
'A gripping personal story told with warmth and wit, combined with a 'how to' guide for anyone who wants to ensure women are paid as true equals' Julia Gillard, former Australian Prime Minister
Equal pay has been the law for half a century. But women often get paid less than men, even when they're doing equal work.
Mostly they don't know because pay is secret. But what if a woman finds out? What should she do? What should her male colleague do? What should the boss do?
Equal is the inside story of how award-winning journalist Carrie Gracie challenged unequal pay at the BBC, alongside a wider investigation into why men and women are still paid unequally. It's a book that will open your eyes, fix your resolve and give you the tools to act - and act now.
'The BBC journalist's important account of her struggle to win equal pay is full of sound advice for women' Observer
'Pragmatic and honest' Mail on Sunday
'Pulls no punches' Sunday Times
'A book that can read like a tortured love letter to an abusive partner . . . and shows that such casual slights and the unthinking bias behind them remain an organisational and societal scandal' Financial Times
'She tells the story of her struggle and eventual triumph as a way of encouraging us, of changing our society, of giving us all courage . . . Equal is a very important book' Sandi Toksvig
Longlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award 2019