Catherine Mayer

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Catherine Mayer
NationalityBritish (naturalised)
OccupationCo-founder of Women's Equality Party, author, journalist
Notable work
Born To Be King: Prince Charles On Planet Windsor
Political partyWomen's Equality Party
Spouse(s)Andy Gill
RelativesDavid Mayer (father)
Anne Mayer (mother)
Lise Mayer and Cassie Mayer (sisters)

Catherine Mayer is an American-born British author and journalist, and the co-founder of the Women's Equality Party (WE) in the UK.

Early life[edit]

Mayer was born in the US and later became naturalised as British.[1] Mayer moved to Britain as a child when her father, theatre historian David Mayer, came to research a book and later secured tenure at Manchester University teaching Ben Elton and the late Rik Mayall. Her mother, Anne, is prominent within theatre PR.[2][3]

Mayer attended Manchester High School for Girls,[4] and studied English Literature at the University of Sussex (1978–82).[5] One of her sisters is The Young Ones co-writer (with Mayall) Lise Mayer, another is the theatre agent Cassie Mayer.[2][3]


Mayer was president of the Foreign Press Association in London from June 2003 until June 2005.[2]

She worked at Time from 2004 to April 2015, serving as Time's Editor at Large, Europe Editor, London Bureau Chief and Senior Editor.[6] Mayer began legal action against Time in July 2017 on the grounds of age and gender discrimination.[7][8]

In 2011 Mayer wrote Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly about the pros and cons of people living longer.[9]

Her 2015 biography of Prince Charles, published as, Charles: The Heart of a King and Born to Be King,[10] generated worldwide headlines with its claims of dysfunction in the royal courts. Clarence House, which had facilitated access to the Prince, distanced itself from the book.[11][12][13] Mayer stood by the content.[14] The book was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.[15][16]

Mayer's non-fiction, Attack of the 50ft. Women, was published in 2017.[17] The book covers the benefits of gender equality and how it is being promoted in various countries,[17][18] and has been described as "a compelling feminist call to arms".[19]

Mayer has worked as a foreign correspondent at the German news weekly Focus and started her career at The Economist.[20][21]

External video
Catherine Mayer talks about her book
Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly via Ebury Press on YouTube[22]

Women's Equality Party[edit]

Mayer co-founded the Women's Equality Party with Sandi Toksvig in March 2015.[23][24] The party's policy commitments were launched by the party's leader, Sophie Walker, at Conway Hall on 20 October 2015.[25][26] In February 2018 Mayer stated: "The party also welcomed all genders. Everyone is born with a sex, usually, though not always, male or female. Gender is the product of social and cultural factors that can be changed. The very first policy document made clear that WE supported “the right of all to define their sex or gender or to reject gendered divisions as they choose."[27]

Personal life[edit]

Mayer is married to Andy Gill of Gang of Four.[28]


  • Amortality: the pleasures and perils of living agelessly. London: Vermilion. 2011. ISBN 9780091939366.
  • Charles: the Heart of a King. London: WH Allen/Penguin Random House in the UK. 2015. ISBN 9780753555934.
  • Born to be King: Prince Charles on planet Windsor. New York: Henry Holt and Company. 2015. ISBN 9781627794381.
  • Attack of the 50 Ft. Women: How Gender Equality Can Save The World. London: HQ. 2017. ISBN 978 0008219802.
Selected articles


  1. ^ Alexander, Ella (2 April 2015). "Will you support the Women's Equality Party?". Glamour Magazine. Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Halliburton, Rachel (8 January 2004). "This woman can have Blair any time". London Evening Standard.
  3. ^ a b Langdon, Julia (16 July 2007). "I think it's amazing how unequal we are". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group.
  4. ^ Epstein, Angela (13 October 2015). "Why are feminists so unpleasant to women?". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group.
  5. ^ "Four leading alumni return to Sussex for panel debate on women in arts leadership", Broadcast, University of Sussex, 30 January 2018.
  6. ^ Greenslade, Roy (3 February 2012). "Mayer rocks on with TIME promotion". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Graham-Harrison, Emma (5 August 2017). "Top journalist sues Time magazine for 'sex and age discrimination'". The Observer. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Former editor Catherine Mayer sues Time magazine for sex and age discrimination", CBC Radio, 4 September 2017.
  9. ^ York, Peter (13 May 2011). "A user's guide to age". The Independent. Independent Print Ltd.
  10. ^ Swanson, Clare (5 November 2014). "New Prince Charles bio coming from Holt". Publishers Weekly.
  11. ^ Staff writer (4 February 2015). "Prince Charles 'understands limitations' of Crown". BBC News.
  12. ^ Agency (16 February 2015). "Duchess of Cornwall comes face-to-face with author of controversial Prince Charles book". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group.
  13. ^ Morgan, Sally (20 February 2015). "As Royal aides question a new biography of the Prince of Wales its author Catherine Mayer tells Hello! why she stands by every word". Hello!.
  14. ^ Sherwin, Adam (3 February 2015). "Catherine Mayer, author of controversial Charles biography: 'I was a republican but now I'm a monarchist'". The Independent.
  15. ^ Staff writer. "Charles: The Heart of a King". Google Books.
  16. ^ Charles: The Heart of a King at Penguin Books.
  17. ^ a b Shaffi, Sarah (March 2017). "From feminist novels to explorations of love: the most enthralling new reads for March". Stylist.
  18. ^ Driscoll, Brogan, "Catherine Mayer, Women’s Equality Party Co-Founder, On Why We Need To ‘Seize The Turbulence’ Of 2017, Huffington Post, 8 March 2017.
  19. ^ Sweeney, Tanya (2 April 2017), "Why issue of gender equality still looms large", Irish Independent.
  20. ^ Sexton, David (4 February 2015). "'Prince Charles has the loneliest existence I've ever witnessed': Catherine Mayer on her new biography of the future king". London Evening Standard.
  21. ^ Blumen, Danielle (29 November 2009). "Time for women in the media (blog)". Polis. London School of Economics.
  22. ^ Catherine Mayer talks about Amortality (YouTube). Ebury Press (Vermilion). 13 April 2011.
  23. ^ Staff writer (20 April 2015). "Londoner's Diary: Women's party is ready to be a player". London Evening Standard.
  24. ^ Cocozza, Paula (28 August 2015). "Women's Equality party founders: 'It needed doing. So we said, "Let's do it"'". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  25. ^ "Women's Equality Party announces first policies and campaigns". Women's Equality Party. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  26. ^ Minter, Harriet (21 October 2015). "The Women's Equality Party launch is not a moment too soon". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  27. ^ Mayer, Catherine (22 February 2018). "We need to have difficult debates. We need to find better ways to have them (blog)". Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  28. ^ Gill, Andy (18 September 2009). "Andy Gill meets Andy Gill". The Independent.

External links[edit]

Party political offices
New political party Co-founder of the Women's Equality Party
With: Sandi Toksvig
Succeeded by
Sophie Walker
as leader