#WeAreWE

#WeAreWE

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.

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.

I want my daughter to live in a fairer world

I have a mixed race daughter and her battles will be many. I want her to see that you can make change and you can have your voice heard..that being part of a movement is a positive thing. I want her to be able to be proud to be female and mixed and not to be daunted by politics or science and to be able to build really healthy relationships in the world

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Because being promised change is not the same as seeing it happen.

When will the pay gap change? Why do people assume that a woman has the support of a male partner's income. I'm a single person on a woman's wage and its barely enough to cover my rent. Why do we live in a world where plumbers earn more than care workers and does that suggest that we care more about our heating than our elderly and disabled relatives? More about objects than people? I don't work in a traditionally female industry but to me this seems that women's work is valued less because its done more often by women, not because of the skill level. Caring and interacting with vulnerable people is highly skilled work.

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Who's afraid of equality? More to the point, why?

Men have held the reins for too long without major input from women, and paying us little moare than lip service at times. Look at the mess we're in worldwide! Equality pays, equality makes sense, equality scares the life out of bullies, equality is The ONLY way forward. As a woman in my 50's I have struggled as many have due to inequality at home, at work, in the health service, socially...the list can be endless. I feel it's my time to join WE and redress some of the wrongs committed here and in the wider world, against women and girls. To leave a lasting legacy for my three daughters and of course my son, who I am happy to say, treats his wife and daughter with respect. Let's do this......

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My Hijab does not make me a lesser woman

I am tired of people assuming that being a feminist and being a female Muslim are mutually exclusive titles. I am fed up of people thinking that I am oppressed in my religion, when in fact, I feel liberated. Liberation lies in choice, and I AM a woman. Intersectional feminism is the way to true justice for all. Trans women, Muslim women, Jewish women, lesbian women, black women: WE ARE ALL WOMEN.

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because WE shouldn't need to prove ourselves other than to suceed

Getting to a place to support my family involved constant barriers, young mum, overweight, not pretty enough , regular class, no degree, loads of ideas but no status. I struggled to get on past all those who didn't have my perceived disadvantages. Then I moved into a male dominated industry, but found that as I enjoy it so much, my gender is no longer an issue, people respect my experience. I want to share that no-one should feel dumbed down - it's all in your control

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Because I'm a born feminist

I have 5 brothers. I've spent my life fighting sexism: "So he can do that but I'm not allowed?" No. "Because he's got a penis?" Well, no, not because of that... "But he can do it & he has a willy, I can't do it because I've got a vagina?" Well... "But a willy's more likely to get in the way when you're climbing trees, my vagina's all tucked away so it won't -" You just can't, alright? I wanted to work with Shire Horses. "You can't, you're too short" I'm 5'0". I said: "Don't you tell me I'm too short, 9 year old boys worked these horses in Victorian times!" "You're not strong enough." Really? And you could stop a Shire if it got a gallop up? No, you couldn't. "We haven't got a vacancy." I'll do a training course. "There isn't one." So I made one. NVQ Level 2 in Heavy Horse Management & Driving. Passed with honours, got punched by the boss when I objected to him sticking his penis into my back & then I was sacked. But I did it! When men said I couldn't, I damned well did & I've more balls than any of them!

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Because it's time to end lip service to equality.

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Because women's equality doesn't happen just because we all believe in it

I have been fighting for women's equality personally and professionally since I can remember: from asking why priests had to be men in Sunday School age 3, to asking my work to address the fact that nobody in the senior management team was a woman last week. I fight for other things I believe in too: disability rights, self determination, social justice, children's rights, carers rights; against poverty, injustice and ugly stationery (cupcakes, WHY WHY WHY??? ;) If mainstream political parties took women's equality seriously, there would be no need for #WeAreWE. But even though there are some really good people fighting for women's equality in all the political parties, at the moment it isn't a huge priority for any of them It's the WEP's ONLY priority. I am proud to be a founder member and hope you will join too: gender inequality hurts women AND men and stops us being the society we want and need. We need you, and all your friends and family to join us and help us get there.

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Equality is better for everybody.

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!

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Because women are heard but are still not listened to

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Because I want both girls and boys to be proud to call themselves feminists

I'm tired of feeling like a lone voice speaking up for women amongst a sea of white men in authority

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Because it is time.

The unprecedented opportunities of the world we are currently living in, the un-knowable complexities of the planet our children will inherit, demand a political system that dares to grow up: intellectually, emotionally, creatively and spiritually. We need everyone around the table. We need to be able to speak to each other. We need to be able to hear each other. And then, we need the wisdom, the courage and determination to move united into action that is purposeful, innovative, robust but malleable. It is time for us to embrace, nurture and celebrate all of who we are as a nation. It is time to educate, empower and engage all our citizens so that each of us may have an equal stake in the visioning and continual ‘becoming’ of our nation.

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Because every woman should be heard

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Teacher

Because I've finally found a party i'm proud to put my name to - equality is necessary if we are to create a world we're proud of.

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Because I believe in equality for all - to ensure we can all be the best we can be.

The pace of change has been too slow and now with 2 small granddaughters to campaign for as well, I am sure our joint energy, enthusiasm and commitment must make the UK a better place to grow up and flourish.

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Because I believe in equality for all - to ensure we can all be the best we can be.

The pace of change has been too slow and now with 2 small granddaughters to campaign for as well, I am sure our joint energy, enthusiasm and commitment must make the UK a better place to grow up and flourish.

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I want something different for my daughters and their partners.

In order to balance family and career throughout my working life, my overall earnings and pension have been significantly reduced. My partner would say that he wishes he could have spent more time with the children when they were younger. Both our girls are well educated and want both a career and a family. I would love to see more flexibility in the workplace for both women and men, particularly but not exclusively for those who have young children. A five day week of 35/40 hours is not the only way to work.

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