From the very starting of her profession as a journalist within the Nineteen Eighties, Mary Ann Sieghart discovered herself pushing towards a set of assumptions which accorded her much less authority than her male friends – and and led to her being seen as bigheaded if she confirmed the identical ambition and confidence as they did. When she got here to jot down a e-book about how experiences similar to hers nonetheless form ladies’s lives, she discovered an enormous vary of empirical proof that confirmed the existence of these prejudices. And when she requested a few of the most completed ladies on this planet – from Bernardine Evaristo to Hillary Clinton – she realized that that they had all skilled the identical “authority hole”, regardless of how outstanding their CVs.
Sieghart speaks to Rachel Humphreys about why the authority hole stays a pervasive phenomenon, and what ways ladies can use to attempt to circumvent it. We additionally hear excerpts from a few of Sieghart’s interviews, that includes examples of the issue perpetrated by everybody from literary prize judges to restaurant employees to … the pope.
Learn Mary Ann Sieghart’s remark piece, Why accomplish that few males learn books by ladies? right here.
• The Authority Hole: Why Ladies Are Nonetheless Taken Much less Critically Than Males, and What We Can Do About It’s printed by Doubleday (£16.99). To help the Guardian and Observer order your copy at guardianbookshop.com. Supply costs could apply.
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