Friday, June 29, 2018


The Fawcett Society is going to be between £200k and £345k better off, thanks to Carrie Gracie. The BBC has apologised to her for underpaying her as China Editor, and acknowledged that Carrie delivered reports, analysis and work, that were as valuable as those of the other International Editors in the same period.

Carrie says the backpay goes to charity. She was on £135k - having secured an agreement that her pay should be at least as high as the North America Editor. That was ok when Mark Mardell was in Washington; but in 2014, Jon Sopel came in, and his salary is declared to be in the range £200k to £249,999. Carrie's now taking six months off, to write and speak, on both China and gender equality

Carrie's case was taken up by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and lawyers from Matrix Chambers and Mishcon de Reya have been supporting a number of 'BBC Women' with pay grievances. Will the annual report bring news of more settlements ?

  • Carrie's donation will be used by The Fawcett Society to set up a fund for women who need legal advice on equal pay claims and to support Fawcett's strategic legal work. The Society was originally The London Society for Women’s Suffrage, renamed in honour of Millicent Fawcett in 1953.

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