August 2021

Captivating account of how sexism is still rife

Review in The Irish Independent by Frieda Klotz

Back in 2003, Mary McAleese had a meeting with Pope John Paul II as part of an official visit to the Vatican.

They were about to be introduced when the Pope stretched out his hand to her husband Martin, asking: “Would you not prefer to be President of Ireland rather than married to the President of Ireland?” McAleese reached out and shook the Pope’s hand as it hovered in the air. “I am the President of Ireland… elected by the people of Ireland, whether you like it or whether you don’t.”

This is one of dozens of revealing tales to emerge from Mary Ann Sieghart’s The Authority Gap, which probes why women are taken less seriously than men. The book is enormously authoritative, knitting together academic studies with interviews of leading public figures.

About the author

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.

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