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Released on 1 July, 2021

The Authority Gap

Guardian ‘best politics book of the year’
Times ‘best philosophy and ideas book of the year’
A Waterstones ‘best political book of the year’
Highly Commended, Business Book Awards 2022

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

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

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"Profoundly thoughtful."

Andrew Marr

"Hugely exciting."

Emily Maitlis

"A brilliant manifesto."

Philippa Perry

"You have to read this."

Daniel Finkelstein

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Cheltenham Literature Festival

13 October 2022

Talking about The Authority Gap

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Birmingham Literature Festival

7 October 2022

Talking about The Authority Gap and violence against women with Harriet Johnson

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Keele World Affairs lecture

6 October 2022

Talking about The Authority Gap

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Henley Literary Festival

1 October 2022

Talking about sexism with Laura Bates

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By Mary Ann Sieghart

July 2022 / Appearances Podcasts

Redefiners podcast: Doubling Down on Double Standards

Interview with Nanaz Mohtashami and Clarke Murphy

June 2022 / Articles

10 Essential Reads for Men, by Women

Organised by the Women's Prize for Fiction

June 2022 / Appearances Podcasts

Break Out Culture podcast

In conversation with Ed Vaizey and Charlotte Metcalf

About Mary Ann

Journalist, author, non-executive director, broadcaster

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.

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Mary Ann Sieghart