|28 Nov 2022
MARY ANN SIEGHART
Widening Perspectives is proud to be hosting its 2nd prominent feminist in as many years. Mary Ann Sieghart, of Authority Gap fame, will be addressing the College on Thursday, the 24th of November, at 19:00, in School. Attached is an extract from The Authority Gap - its fascinating and well worth the read.
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, Fallout 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, is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, and sits on numerous boards. She is Chair of the judges for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022.
The Authority Gap
*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'*
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.
“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.”– Andrew Marr