Catherine
Mayer

Catherine Mayer is an author, journalist, co-founder and President of the Women’s Equality Party and cofounder of Primadonna Festival, the festival celebrating brilliant writing, music and ideas launched in 2019. Her books include Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly; Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World! and Charles: The Heart of a King, a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller.

She has worked at The Economist, held deputy editorships at Business Traveller and International Management magazines and spent 11 years as a foreign correspondent for the German news weekly, FOCUS. In 2004, she joined TIME as a senior editor, later became London Bureau Chief, Europe Editor and, finally, Editor at Large.

Catherine performed “Hello Boys” with Grayson Perry at the Bridge Theatre in 2018. Her one-woman show “Catherine Mayer: FFS” toured the UK and Ireland in 2019.

She was the lead candidate for the Women’s Equality Party in London in the 2019 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—the Women of the World festival. She was a judge for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction.

She is the executive director of the think tank, Datum Future.

The winner of the FPA Story of the Year in 2010 and shortlisted for the Orwell Prize the following year, she has also been named in WIE Women in Excellence 2013, Progress 1000 Evening Standard Equality Champion 2016, Oxford University Suffrage Champion 2018, Gender Equality Top 100: Most Influential People in Global Policy 2018 and, with Sandi Toksvig, NatWest Spirit of Everywoman Award 2018.

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