Transworld has bought the first book by journalist and broadcaster Mary Ann Sieghart about "why women are still taken less seriously than men, and what we can do about it", after a seven-way auction.
Titled The Authority Gap, it will be published by Doubleday in spring 2022. UK and Commonwealth rights in the book were acquired from Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit.
Sieghart's book about women and authority will "take a long, hard look at the question of why women are still taken less seriously than men; why women are promoted to fewer top jobs, accorded less credit for their work, and accorded less authority than their male counterparts", according to the synopsis. It continues Sieghart "seeks to interrogate our unconscious biases in detail and map out the measures we can take, as individuals and society, both to counteract them, and to see them for what they are – an irrational but tenacious product of our social conditioning".
Helena Gonda, the acquiring editor, praised Sieghart as "a brilliantly sharp writer, with the empathy and determination to highlight the wide gap between men and women at both a structural and individual level. Here she brings together rigorous studies and original research to show how much more reluctant we are to be influenced by women’s views than by men’s, even from an early age, and how uncomfortable we still are sometimes with women in positions of authority," she said. "We’re very excited at Transworld to be working with her on such an important book."
Sieghart said: "I’m thrilled to be working with Transworld and Helena Gonda on The Authority Gap. Doubleday is a fantastic imprint, with a rich list of brilliant and thought-provoking authors, and Helena is an acute and intelligent editor, as well as a kindred spirit on the fundamental argument of the book."
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