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’m very proud to be part of WE. People power works. When enough of us work together to challenge the status quo, mountains can be moved, people and organizations persuaded to change, cultures altered and new laws brought in to play. So excited that men and women are standing together to effect long-overdue change.
Despite coming from an equality-conscious family, I have experienced sexism in my personal and working life almost from day one. As a teenager I suffered domestic violence and emotional/psychological abuse at the hands of my first boyfriend. I was also subjected to sexist bullying at school. At work I have been sexually harassed, and in one instance it was actually insinuated by my boss that he might keep my colleague with the promise of my position because I would be 'having children soon'. I'm really lucky to have surrounded myself with wonderful people of all genders who live equality- but my experiences show that it the battle is far from won.
Life for me has been disappointing when I look at how women have been, and continue to be, undermined in society. When I heard an interview on R4 and Sandie discussed the creation of this party it was uplifting. WE can go forward and address the wrongs against women which have prevented equality.
Sice I was a teen the ajority of my friends were boys I guess I found them easier to manage than girls, much more simple relationships. At the age of 30i became a mother now that was an eye opening experience! It really made me feel the inequality encompassing my new life. But, the most important thing that happened was the awakening of the woman in me, a proper strong, boobs out (arf) woman. I also needed women around me, there support and strong bond that being mothers had created in my friends. Women need each other. So I embrace motherhood,I embrace my friends, feminism and everything that goes along with being a woman.
Sexism is everywhere and is not being antagonised, neither in principle nor practice, as other forms of discrimination are. In many schools children are reminded daily about the imperative of mutual respect in racial, cultural and religious terms. However, gender discrimination is not similarly prioritised. Boys dominate in the playground, despite some schools introduce 'Girls football days', which many girls don't join anyway, used as they are to boys ultimately taking over. Children uttering remarks like 'stop crying like a little girl' or boys refusing to sit next to girls, all represent attitudes which go often unchallenged and are often attributed to specific types of cultural upbringing. Sexism in schools does not seem to be recognised as damaging enough. As if it's some kind of low level discrimination, to be dismissed with a shrug. It is instead pervasive and remains mostly unchallenged (often in fear of hurting particular, culturally-shaped, sensibilities). What is the point of fighting for equal pay in the workplace, if girls are taught that inequality starts at school? 'Stop sexism in education' is the campaign I would like to join.
Coming from a family of strong women I constantly feel frustrated that women do not share the same opportunities as men, are not given the same freedom of choice, nor do they receive the same respect. I believe it is time to redress that
I'm sick and tired of having to work twice as hard.I don't want this for my daughter, my nieces. Time to be genuinely equal. Celebrate diversity of course. But level the field.
Having done some volunteer work in schools, I was horrified to discover archaic gender imbalances deeply entrenched in the boys and girls. Girls are being set up to fail. I am exasperated by how feminism has become a dirty word and I don't understand how we went from Girl Power to No Power. I do know I want to change it.
joined because I recognised a shared belief that matched my own: Equality. And I was spurred to do so on the back of fresh disappointment with the results of the general election in May. I hope WE will achieve in shaping better lives and opportunities for women and consequently a better, more equal society in general.
It's a human rights issue. Until we stand together and take action, women all over the world will continue to be denigrated to positions of lower status and lower value. We, at least, live in a democray. Great work ladies.
I believe in all humans being equal. It's obvious, but so many people refuse to acknowledge this basic concept. I'm here to change this, starting from one individual at a time.
It is time for us to continue the fight started by our sisters long ago.
I had lived a very sheltered life up until I reached university. I felt like I hadn't encountered sexism and I could do whatever I want. Unfortunately, I was wrong. At uni I started to understand how ignorant I was: there is an all-males sports social club at my university which is held in huge regard. It offers scholarships, internships and most importantly a tight old-boys network with incredible opportunities left, right and center. In my first year there was a vote to allow women into the club as members - before that female sports teams were only allowed in the club house (recently refurbished for £2million) if escorted by a male member. There was not a large enough majority to change the constitution. Those who voted were current members, our 'friends' and assumed equals had voted not to allow women into their club. Although this is just one club and one example and it feels petty to be arguing about, it represents a much larger issue. Sexism. It has opened my eyes to the inequalities and what's worse is the inequality disadvantages everyone. We as women can't take advantage of the opportunities the old-boys network would give us and the men no longer have any women to socialize with in their club - funnily enough no women want to enter the club house anymore, and surprise surprise, without women, the men don't find it fun either!
As A Domestic Abuse Consultant & Trainer I work & campaign on challenging belief systems & to affect changes in practice in every way I can. I engage locally, nationally & internationally. Doesn't matter where in the world gender based violence & oppression takes place, the outcome is the same. We are deemed as the most intelligent species on this planet - but it really doesn't feel it, especially in my areas of work. Peace & security in the home & beyond, positive representation as well as women's participation at all levels. This is the only way we can achieve equality in our homes, communities and country's. We have the tools to create equality for all, so lets work toward a better world for our next generations - both girls & boys
In today's world equality should be everyone's human right - wherever you are born and regardless of gender, age, belief etc. There are too many "protected interests" in the UK - it's about time things changed!
I'm struck everyday by the difference in how women and girls are valued compared to men and boys. And I think it is getting worse not better. And boys should be able to be themselves free from male stereotypes too. Equality is the answer and not to be feared.
I am constantly frustrated that I live in a world where equality doesn't yet exist. I've never been all that political but I knew as soon as I heard about WEP that this was finally a cause I believed in.
As a young woman working in investment banking I was never paid the same as the men but I also noted that the men just assumed they were respected, AND WERE, until or unless they blotted their copybook in some way. We women had to earn the respect at each step and level through sheer hard work, innovation, going above and beyond the norm, etc before there was a level of inclusion or possible advancement. Now, 30 years later I see my 30 year old niece reach a level in business where she is getting the same treatment and I have a 17 year old daughter who is highly capable and at this stage believes she can do or be anything she wants. I want to work to ensure they have a genuinely equal chance to do that and don't have to look back and see their daughters still in the same position.