Mary Ann Sieghart

Mary Ann Sieghart is a well-known journalist and broadcaster. She spent 20 years as a senior editor and columnist at The Times and won a large following for her columns on politics, economics and feminism, among other subjects. She presents programmes on BBC Radio 4, including Start the Week, Fallout, Profile, Analysis, and One to One, and has appeared as a pundit on Question Time, Newsnight, Today, Any Questions, Women’s Hour, Channel 4 News, the Andrew Marr Show, This Week and The Daily Politics. She chaired the revival of The Brains Trust on BBC2 and has also been a presenter of the BBC World Service’s Newshour, which has tens of millions of listeners around the world. As well as The Times, she has also worked for The Independent, The Financial Times and The Economist.

Mary Ann helped to set up Women in Journalism in 1995, and was one of the first to write about subjects which later became mainstream, such as body image, work-life balance, the under-representation of women in politics, the pinkification of young girls’ lives and the sexism suffered by many British Muslim women, in her columns in The Times and The Independent. She chairs the non-partisan Social Market Foundation think tank and is a Trustee of The Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian and The Observer. She has been a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and is currently a Senior Academic Visitor at Oriel College, Oxford.