"What is perhaps even more depressing is that it’s not just men who have lower expectations of women; it’s women too."

Mary Ann Sieghart is a 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 is currently a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she plans to research and write a book about why women are accorded less authority than men.

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