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Equal: A story of women, pay and the BBC

Carrie Gracie

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Feminism & feminist theory

EQUAL is an inspiring, personal and campaigning book about how we should and can fight for equal pay and other kinds of equality in the workplace, by former BBC China editor Carrie Gracie.

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.

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Praise for Equal: A story of women, pay and the BBC

  • 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

  • Part instruction manual, part howl of rage, Equal tells a personal story that changed the public debate . . . The book is full of advice for others - there is a separate section at the end for employers, men and women . . . [Carrie Gracie's] decision to use her personal story for the public good has put the issue of equal pay firmly on the agenda - Guardian

  • What I admire about Carrie Gracie is not just her bravery, though that is amazing, but more that 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. She shows what can happen when women work together to call out blatant injustice and to insist that all women are fairly and equally paid. It's hard to believe we're still having these conversations in 2019 but we are and that is why we need heroes like Carrie. EQUAL is a very important book

  • The BBC's former China editor recounts her hard-fought battle with the broadcaster for equal pay, artfully weaving in the history of gender inequality and tips for women - and men - who wish to continue her campaign for equitable treatment - Financial Times (Best Books of 2019)

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