But Ms Gracie said the corporation was “not living up to its stated values of trust, honesty and accountability” and that the BBC’s audit “excluded the women with the biggest pay gaps”.
The journalist said she turned down the rise and was subject to a “dismayingly incompetent and undermining grievance process which still has no outcome” before deciding “enough is enough”.
More than 40 of the corporation’s most high-profile female names, including presenters Clare Balding and Victoria Derbyshire, signed a letter calling for immediate change.
She said “up to 200” other female BBC employees had complained to the broadcaster about unequal pay since last year’s salary disclosures.
“The BBC belongs to you, the licence fee payer. I believe you have a right to know that it is breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure.”
She revealed was leaving her role in Beijing after learning through last year’s salary disclosures that she earned less than male international editors, despite stressing when she accepted the position “that I must be paid equally with my male peers”.