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Carrie Gracie

Carrie Gracie: Equal

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Carrie Gracie was part of a high-profile-group of BBC women who challenged the national broadcaster over equal pay after enforced disclosures revealed huge gaps between top men’s and women’s salaries. Gracie had insisted on equal pay, which the BBC had agreed, at the time of her posting as China Editor, 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 a public apology and pay parity from the BBC. Gracie then donated all her back pay to the gender equality charity, the Fawcett Society, to help low paid women facing pay discrimination and to seed a strategic litigation fund for equal pay test cases.

In her new book 'Equal' Gracie tells her own story, explores why it is often so hard for women to assert their value in the workplace and gives practical guidance on what women, men and employers can do to achieve equality for this and future generations.

Prior to becoming the BBC China editor in 2014, Carrie Gracie was the BBC’s Beijing reporter, China correspondent and Beijing bureau chief as well as the morning anchor on the BBC News Channel, and host of the weekly BBC World Service programme- The Interview. Gracie has also made documentaries about China for BBC TV and BBC Radio, winning prizes including a Peabody and an Emmy, and commentating at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She currently presents for BBC News Channel.

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