An equal pay scandal at the BBC provides the starting point for a discussion of women at work

By | 2019-09-28 | including 1 item |
The British would rather talk about sex and death than how much they earn, so Carrie Gracie broke taboos when she decided to go public with her battle over equal pay at the BBC, that most British of organisations. Part instruction manual, part howl of rage, Equal tells a personal story that changed the public debate. Nearly 50 years after equal pay was first enshrined in UK law, there are still too many instances where women are paid less, not just when they work flexibly or in lower paid jobs but when they do the same job. The fact that this illegal behaviour takes place at the BBC, where Gracie had worked successfully for 30 years, fuels a sense of fury. Having made equal pay a requirement of her posting as China editor to Beijing, she finds out just how much more the BBC pays Jon Sopel, the North American editor in July 2017, when the corporation is forced to reveal by the Royal Charter the employees paid more than £150,000. Sopel is paid between £230,000 and £239,000; Gracie isn’t even on the list.