Virago is sending out a copy of Carrie Gracie’s Equal: A story of women, men and money to the chief executives of the top FTSE 100 companies.
Equal, released on 5th September, is billed as an “inspiring, personal and campaigning book” by the BBC journalist, who publicly challenged the broadcaster over equal pay.
Gracie, who is currently promoting the book around the country, quit as BBC China editor last January. She published an open letter attacking the BBC’s “secretive and illegal” pay culture, triggering a parliamentary inquiry. In June 2018 she won her battle with the company and was awarded several years of backdated pay which she donated to gender equality charity, the Fawcett Society.
Ailah Ahmed, editorial director at Virago and Little, Brown/Abacus, said: “Equal is an important manifesto on how women, men and employers can work towards a business culture that supports equal pay. Carrie leads by example, showing readers what they should do if they find themselves in the position of having to question the boss. It’s about big structural issues and so we urge every CEO on the FTSE 100 to pick up a copy, engage with the book and risk-proof their businesses for the future.”
Gracie added: “This is about both fairness and economic efficiency. I have sympathy for employers who would like to do better and men who would like to support female colleagues but don’t know where to start. Start here. I wrote this book for you.”
Virago publisher Sarah Savitt acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in the book, which has been longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, from Rebecca Carter at Janklow & Nesbit UK in 2018.