Catherine Mayer was born in the US and has spent much of her life in London. She is a former Europe Editor and Editor at Large of TIME magazine and the author of Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly and the Sunday Times bestselling biography of Prince Charles Charles: The Heart of a King. In 2015 she co-founded the Women’s Equality Party with Sandi Toksvig.
On the 8th March - International Women’s Day she releases her third book
Attack of the fifty foot women: How gender Equality can save the world!
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Listen to this special episode with Catherine!
Her career and how it has been done accidentally!
Falling into journalism, via a cash in hand job in the marketing department at The Economist before moving over to the editorial side.
Spending 11 years at TIME Magazine before starting the Women’s Equality Party
Being born in America before moving over to the UK
Being a foreign correspondent while based from home in London
Her start in journalism and the challenges she faced in the early eighties
How she survived and managed to make a career from it
Getting by, by becoming “one of the boys”
Why she came more politicised
Working in a culture of conformity in order to get ahead and why we need to change the whole culture
How the Women’s Equality Party came about
WOW - The Women of the World Festival
How a small party can make fundamental change and how UKIP proved that
What it was like taking this idea for WE to the next stage
How ignorance was bliss and also very helpful when setting up WE!
How the initial interest on social media led to more than 250 people turning up to the first meeting
What Catherine has learned from going through this whole experience
Where the idea for her third book came from - Attack of the fifty foot women: How gender Equality can save the world!
Being an internationalist in outlook and how what happens in one country does impact on what happens in another
Going through the process of writing the book and why she loves the research
Being a tough girl when it comes to writing, no rest, no days off, starting at five in the morning, a short break in the afternoon and then more writing
Iceland & how women stopping work changed the direction of gender equality for the whole country
Why the WE party are organising a women’s day off in 2018
Why 2018 is going to be a special year for women
Starting my Masters in Women & Gender at Lancaster University in 2017 and graduating in 2018 (everything happens for a reason!)
The stand out interviews from the book
Her plans for the year ahead, including her UK Book tour!
How Donald Trump has helped women in one way…
Final words of advice, why this is a time for ACTION and why you should join the Women’s Equality Party.