"It’s not just that women aren’t being listened to enough, it’s that their voices aren’t being heard in the first place."

Mary Ann Sieghart is a distinguished journalist, radio presenter, and Chair of the Social Market Foundation - a think tank that believes in fairer markets and open public services.  Much of her career as a journalist was spent working for The Times, The Independent, The Economist and the Financial Times, writing on politics and social affairs.

She spent a year as a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she researched and wrote her best-selling book, The Authority Gap: Why Women Are Still Taken Less Seriously Than Men, And What We Can Do About it.

"Her confidence is legendary." The Independent