Why do we still take male authority more seriously – and what can we do about it? Mary Ann Sieghart and Cherie Blair explore the pervasive gender bias at work in our everyday lives.
Did you know that when you search Google images for the word ‘expertise’, in the first twenty pictures, there isn’t a single woman? Or that British parents, when asked to estimate their children’s IQ, will put their son, on average, at 115 and their daughter at 107? Or that women are still twice as likely as men as to have to prove their competence?
Leading journalist Mary Ann Sieghart has marshalled a wealth of data to reveal the scale of our biases against women’s authority, including both cutting edge research from the social sciences and personal interviews with women including Baroness Hale, Mary Beard and Bernadine Evaristo.
Now, in conversation with another pioneering woman, QC and philanthropist Cherie Blair, she will provide a startling and fresh perspective on the unseen sexist bias at work in our everyday lives and reveal the scale of the gap that still persists between men and women.
This livestream event will make you angry. It may well may you shake your head in disbelief. But it will also provide you with a framework for addressing the systemic sexism in our society in ways that benefit us all.
Praise for Mary Ann Sieghart’s The Authority Gap:
‘A brilliant manifesto explaining why women are still so underestimated and overlooked in today’s world, but how we can also be hopeful for change’ – Philippa Perry
‘Hugely exciting’ – Emily Maitlis
‘At last here is a credible roadmap that is capable of taking women from the margins to the centre by bridging the authority gap that holds back even the best and most talented of women. Read this and weep at what we are wasting. Read this and believe we can fly on two wings and soon.’ – Mary McAleese, former President, Ireland