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Catherine Mayer - bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and the co-founder of the Women’s Eq

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!

Listen to the podcast to find out how you can win a copy of the book! (3 to be won!)


Listen to this special episode with Catherine!


Show notes

  • 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!


  • EAT!

  • SLEEP!

  • 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.


Social Media

Catherine is on twitter @catherine_mayer

Instagram @MayerofLondon

You can visit her website --> here


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