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Author and Co-Founder of the Women's Equality Party

Captured: the moment Catherine proposed the Women's Equality Party.

Catherine Mayer is a writer, activist, speaker and the co-founder and President of the Women's Equality Party. She co-founded the Primadonna Festival, which had its debut in 2019. She was the founding Executive Director of the think tank Datum Future and writes and consults on the impact of data-driven technologies. She has written four books: Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly (2011), Charles: The Heart of a King (hardback 2015, paperback 2016), Attack of the Fifty Foot Women : How Gender Equality Can Save the World! (March 2017, paperback Feb 2018) and, with her mother Anne Mayer Bird, Good Grief: Embracing Life at a Time of Death (Dec 2020).

She started her career in journalism at The Economist, went on to hold deputy editorships at Business Traveller and International Management magazines and contributed regularly to the German edition of Forbes. For 11 years she worked as a London-based correspondent for the German news weekly, FOCUS. In 2004, she joined TIME as a senior editor, and later became London Bureau Chief, Europe Editor and, finally, Editor at Large. 

Her political biography of Prince Charles, a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller, made headlines across the world when it was published in February 2015.

The following month she proposed the idea of the Women’s Equality Party at the Southbank Centre, during the WOW-Women of the World-Festival, and agreed with Sandi Toksvig to co-found the party.  

In July 2017 she launched a lawsuit against TIME for sex and age discrimination. In 2018 she confirmed its "amicable resolution".

Catherine frequently appears on broadcast media and at live events. She performs one-woman shows and with Grayson Perry staged "Hello Boys" at the Bridge Theatre in 2018. Her show Catherine Mayer:FFS toured in 2019. She was the lead candidate in London for the Women's Equality Party in the European elections. She served as the elected President of the Foreign Press Association in London from 2003-2005. She is on the founding committee of WOW. She served as a trustee of the National Migraine Centre. She was a judge for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction.

She was married to the musician Andy Gill until his death in February 2020.

  • Winner, FPA Story of the Year, 2010

  • Shortlisted, Orwell Prize, 2011

  • 29, Total Politics Top 100 Political Journalists 2011

  • WIE Women in Excellence 50, 2013

  • Progress 1000 Evening Standard, Equality Champion, 2016

  • Suffrage Champion, Oxford University, 2018

  • Named in Gender Equality Top 100: Most Influential People in Global Policy 2018

  • NatWest Spirit of Everywoman Award 2018, with Sandi Toksvig

  • Named in GQ's 50 Most Influential People in Britain 2020

Awards and listings



Good Grief by Catherine Mayer
Charles: The Heart of a King
Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly




Good Grief will be published in December 2020

Good Grief tells the story of their twin widowhood in lockdown

Gang of Four ANTI HERO EP to benefit NHS charity

Guardian interview with surviving G04 members and Catherine Mayer

Artwork for new Gang of Four single & EP put out in collaboration with Catherine

Questions about whether Andy Gill died from Covid 19

Review of the new Gang of Four single and EP, released with the help of Andy Gill's widow Catherine Mayer

RollingStone on Gang of Four's new single and EP to honour Andy Gill

The Sunday Times finds interview with Catherine and her husband Andy Gill after his death

Catherine Named in GQ's 50 Most Influential in Britain

Listed under Activists with Greta Thunberg and Meghan Markle

"There are obvious steps to improving Westminster and most other workplaces, not least in tackling their underlying inequalities. It’s harder to propose a solution for an institution whose central proposition is inequality."

Catherine for The Observer

"Joyous, inspiring, badass"

Piece about Primadonna panel

Women's Equality Party takes a swipe at UKIP's notorious anti-immigration poster

Kit de Waal on co-founding the Primadonna Festival

The new, inclusive literary festival co-founded by Catherine Mayer

Catherine reviews books on motherhood and childlessness

An extract of a longer interview broadcast on the eve of IWD

News from the Women's Equaltiy Party conference

The Most Influential People in Global Policy 2018

On Meghan Markle, the Women's Equality Party and disrupting systems designed to resist change (from 19:30)

Radio interview with Catherine Mayer, publisher Lisa Milton and author Melanie McGrath

The 16 books selected by Anita Anand, Katy Brand, Catherine Mayer, Sarah Sands and Imogen Stubbs

My Sexual Fantasies About Gender Equality

Catherine Mayer's Diary in the New Statesman

Interview with Catherine Mayer about the Presidents Club


What the Presidents Club really showed us

Catherine Mayer on the men-only "charity" dinner

TV interview with MetroFocus NYC

Harassment is also an issue for men

Catherine Mayer to Judge Women's Prize for Fiction

Panel unveiled for literary prize

Britain First the 'Laurel & Hardy' of Far Right Groups

Catherine Mayer talks to the BBC about Trump's tweets

Catherine Mayer talking Trump on the Now Show

Listen from 20:44

Debate on BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House, about revolutions

Catherine Mayer with Joan Smith and Victor Sebestyen

Full podcast of PBS television interview, To The Contrary

Interview with Catherine Mayer on BBC 5Live Drive Time

Catherine Mayer on sexual harassment, a Downing Street incident and the importance of speaking out

"It became clear which of us had to live with the consequences -- and it wasn't Tony Blair"