The Women's Equality Party is a new collaborative force in British politics uniting people of all genders, diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men so that all can flourish.
WE are here to give voice to all those who share our belief that equality is better for everyone.
Meet your fellow supporters and campaigners below and tell us why you are WE.
I am in my early 30s and have a had a lifetime of not being able to just be myself. I am a degree qualified and experienced aircraft engineer specialising in aircraft engines, and a fully licenced airline pilot on the Airbus A320 family, which is now my primary career. I have always cared deeply about women's rights and, at long last, a political party has been founded that I can truly and passionately support. My hope is that WEP can raise the general public's consciousness, so each individual considers the equality of women to be a fundamental part of a successful society. Consider pioneers such as Ada Lovelace, imagine that she and her societies sisters had been given a full and equal education and access to all opportunities that men were privileged too, think where our society would be now.
It's now vital that invisible work - particularly care work - isn't ignored in our democratic system as it's part of the human condition. Also, it's unbelievable in this day and age that women and men tend to not have a VOICE when caregiving. And that we are not valued for this work/role (or whatever we want to call the time devoted to it) and rewarded fairly, rather than penalised in allowances, welfare and household tax. The focus is too much on how to move people on from care, into different roles in an increasingly consumerist society, where GDP depends on selling services, outsourcing even the care of people we love, young and old. WE must rise above this and challenge the notion that human beings are capital. In a truly progressive, intelligent world we should be valuing care itself for the enormous contribution it makes, socially, economically, educationally, to communities, to family lives, to our children, to our relationships with one another. From birth until the end stages of our lives, when more and more people rely on being cared for - hopefully with respect and empathy, with time and love. For too long we've not properly recognised that caregiving is key to human survival, happiness, prosperity (etc) and just as important as other aspects of life we fight for. It follows that mothering is worth fighting to protect. Frankly the alternative is unthinkable and will impact on everyone's lives as the economy sucks up people's time into more 'measurable' activities that count on someone's balance sheet, but which has little to do with building more secure lives for greater numbers of people.
As a mother of three daughters, I would like to ensure that they do not have to suffer any inequality in opportunities, pay or respect from others in the workplace compared with their male counterparts. In addition, I would hope that WE could highlight and support all those women around the world who suffer discrimination within their societies and fight for world wide access to education for women , opportunities for work and the abolition of slavery.
My mum is a former hippy feminist who raised her daughters to see the world as it is, not how we'd like it to be, and how to change it. I don't believe in judging people before knowing them. We have to work together, all people, to change the world.
Universal equality and compassion allows for the possibility of awareness, empathy and peace to develop, for the benefit of all human beings.
Working for One25 - a charity that supports women trapped in street sex-work - I see women face poverty, addiction and violence on a daily basis. A party that wants to see an end to violence and give a voice to women who are to afraid to speak out certainly gets my support.
As a business owner, mum and wife, i still experience inequality in daily life. I want to set the right example to my family and others around me and to help improve our society's understanding and approach to equality.
Because women's issues are people issues not a niche policy area. If the paradigm is to shift then women should be part of shaping all policy areas. WE are the majority not a minority.
I am sick and tired of women being written out of history, from television shows to the national curriculum, there are so many instances when the female contribution to political or artistic movements and scientific inventions have simply been removed from story to the point where it is now truly frightening how little people know about the significant, sometimes revolutionary, contributions made by women in this world. I can't bear it and want to help change it!
I am tired of women being referred to in all areas of life like a specialist group rather than 51% of the population. The diversity between women is far greater than that between men and women. We are individuals, as are men, and should be treated as such.
I would describe myself as a 'fairist'. In my lifetime, I damned well want the same status for women that men get. I simply cannot believe that in the 21st Century we are not there yet! I have never been angrier in my life than I have been this year, living through yet another tory government and observing their abuse of the poorest and most vulnerable in this country - and I cannot put up with the lack of empathy and sympathy from Westminster any longer. By joining WE, I know I will be uniting with people who do not think it is weak to collaborate, nourish, listen, care, protect, put right, lead by persuasion... All the things which have been missing from politics for a very long time. Now is the time to finally seek real balance. I know WE can make a REAL difference!
The Women in my life are always survivors, resourceful, resilient, They are also strong, kind, compassionate, constantly evolving. Women have powerful energy that they pour into all aspects of their lives. Women nurture. Eve Ensler from Ted Talks encourages us as women to not compete against each other- to not judge- to not criticise. If we honour Women we honour life itself. I would like to live in a world where everyone's live is honoured, not quantified and controlled.
I've been a working woman for most of my life, as my mother was and were my grandmothers before me. I believe in women's financial, political and personal independence. The fact that women are designed to have babies should not be a reason to disadvantage us. If we leave it to men to decide what the rules are, what we are permitted to do and what matters the most , we must remain silent. Let's not.
Equality is right and better for all we know that. Our progress towards it is painfully slow and not steady. WE is a chance to pool energy and develop a coherent co-ordinated strategy to get there. Women have been allowed to practice law for 96 years. Lord Sumptions tells us we must wait a further 50 years to get equality in the judiciary or we will damage it. His comments were a good example of the urgent need for WE. Here is someone in a powerful position completely falling to recognise his own privilege or really understand systemic and unconscious bias.It is clear that gender and race do determine your abillity as a judge. So the truth is we do not have the best judiciary we could have. We have the best white men, a few of the best women and BME and mediocre white men.
Life is complicated. There are no simple answers to the multiplicity of problems that people, groups, and societies face. But given the transformative, multiplying effect that small advances in equality can have - like a form of homeopathy that actually works - supporting WE is the best way to promote changes that we all need.
I joined WE as a proud feminist, a woman's woman, someone who wants a party spearheaded by the amazing Sophie Walker, to achieve all of the 6 objectives and more!!! I want to live in a world where WEmen make immense strides forward in all aspects of commerce, are equally represented in parliament, respected, judged on their words, ideas and deeds not their looks or relationship status!!! I want to live in a world where being a part of WE means that I am surrounded by proud strong confident and supportive women, who walk the streets day or night, empowered, boldly looking the world in the eye, instead of worrying if what they are wearing will attract unwanted attention and furtively shuffling by!!! I believe that WE must stand together as sisters, the young, old, married, unmarried, mothers and the childless, support encourage and empower one another in every arena of life!!! WE can achieve equal representation, WE must support our branches and connect to work on our political goals together. I want to see The Everyday Sexism Project as a standard text in Women's Studies on every school curriculum as mandatory reading material!!! I want to see the word "spinster" imbued with connotations of independence, financial liberation, and empowerment, where every single woman jumps off the shelf, joins together with others and creates her own colourful living story!!! WE spoke to the heart and mind on every level, and I answered the call with every fibre of my being!!!!
The history of liberation has been marred by onslaughts of abuse, so it has been since 14th century one step forward and one step back. Time now to take charge and educate those with prejudices against us and future generations to show what women can achieve.