Carrie Gracie grew up in north east Scotland and set up a restaurant before completing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford. Before becoming the BBC China Editor in 2014, she 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. She 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. In January 2018, Gracie left her post as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay, publishing an open letter to BBC audiences and appearing before a parliamentary select committee. In June 2018 she won a public apology and pay parity from the BBC, and 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. She is currently on unpaid leave from the BBC, but she continues to be an active member of the 'BBC women' group pushing for a more equal, fair and transparent pay structure.
The story of [Carrie Gracie's] campaign - and why it matters * The Times * She quit her job as the BBC's China editor over pay discrimination. Now, in a personal and campaigning book, Carrie Gracie explains how to achieve true equality - both in terms of pay and in life * Red * [Carrie Gracie's] important account of her struggle to win equal pay is full of sound advice for women . . . Gracie understands all the various ways in which pay inequality can play havoc with a person's self-belief and peace of mind, and in her book she staples them to the page . . . For me, the most resonant parts of her book have to do with her self worth. Carrie, it's always such a joy to see you, says James Harding, the then director of news at the BBC, when she sees him for a meeting in 2015. You deliver so much and ask so little. -- Rachel Cooke * Observer * An instructive account of a gruelling battle for equal pay at the BBC . . . [Equal] is about more than just well-heeled media folk. Gracie paints a broader picture of the historical, academic and legal context of women's fight for equality . . . [It's] a tribute to the power of collective action * Financial Times * Carrie Gracie pulls no punches in this account of how she clashed with the BBC over gender-pay inequality . . . In the book, which is written with great clarity and backed up by a good deal of research, Gracie not only details her own experience but also weaves in studies showing how unconscious bias and gender stereotyping leave women undervalued at work * Sunday Times * Carrie Gracie's pragmatic and honest tone hugely boosts her aim of inspiring millions of women 'who are at grave risk of being underpaid and undervalued at some stage in their working lives, if not throughout it' * Mail on Sunday * Part instruction manual, part howl of rage, Equal tells a personal story that changed the public debate . . . The book is full of advice for others - there is a separate section at the end for employers, men and women . . . [Carrie Gracie's] decision to use her personal story for the public good has put the issue of equal pay firmly on the agenda * Guardian *