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 a mum of two and don't want full time work as I want my children to have me around while they're young. Part time work is a joke.....poor pay.... no progressing....hours not suitable.... child care expensive....should I go on? But not only these issues bother me, the portrayal of women in TV/film/childrens programmes/magazines is either ever available, victim, supporter etc.... it's a sad image to grow up with. I could go on but I'd take up half the site.
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.
I've been fighting for LGBT equality for years and feel that L, B and T women are often just hanging on the coat-tails of gay men. I joined WE, not only to try and give L, B and T women a voice in this party, but also becase I feel L, B and T women will never achieve equality unless women in general do. I'm also fed up of women being treating as a minority group when we are the majority! WE can do this!
I am a professional who has worked in the public sector since 1988 and before that private sector. I have suffered from gender discrimination from School and throughout my early career in industry. I joined the fight in the eighties and have been involved with the fight for equal pay since 1985, at a national level via trade union input and as a management professional, since working in higher education. In the 80's I believed we got closer to closing the gap and since then it has widened and in a far more pernicious way. I work with advising organisations on pay and grading and reward and never cease to be horrified by the way in which the cards are stacked against women (let alone black and ethnic minority women) by the way work is perceived and valued. I dream of a world where men want to stand alongside women and help us achieve equality to make choices, the equality we have been denied for so very long.
I am a educated professional who has worked for decades to have a varied and successful career. It has been hard won often working in male dominated sectors. I have seen many changes; first day at work women were not allowed to wear trousers! Yes really. That's the least of it, however, those of us who have the experience and the 'voice' can help to move equality forward because sadly we still have a way to go - lets do it!
I am a qualified lawyer who had a "temporary" career break to have children 17 years ago. It was my personal experience that I couldn't combine a career in the law and be the kind of mother I wanted to be. I have 3 daughters and the oldest now wants to be a lawyer. It is incredible that 20 years after I was told by a crusty old QC that it would be difficult for me to have a career at the Bar with my 2 handicaps (being black and a woman) that my daughter still faces the same issues. Lord Sumption recently predicted that it will be 50 years before there is equality at the Bar - that isn't good enough.
All my life I have believed in fairness and clearly this country is not fair though significant progress has been made
It's time, time for women to be equal in the world, in ways that I've long expected would just happen. I've waited long enough, over four decades as an adult woman. Waited, worked, expected change. Some change yes, but not nearly enough. So it's time. Here we are, strong women, rising. And with us, the good men. It feels great.
I have passed that significant birthday milestone, and I have 30 odd years of work experience behind me. I have been employed, unemployed and redundant (awful word) in no particular order. I have worked in the clothing industry, education and for myself. Is my experience in demand? Sadly, no. I want to see a society where jobs for "Older People" are proper jobs, with proper salaries, and the dinosaur of ageism is finally extinct. In a world where we are expected to live longer and retire later, I feel that this is a really important issue.
I am a stay at home mum, to my lovely daughter. It is my decision as my husband can earn so much more than me and I never thought I'd be a mum and enjoy it immensely. It saddens me that although I have a good honours degree, I have been out of the work force for such a long time that getting a job that doesn't just pay for childcare is nigh on impossible. I want my daughter, and daughters everywhere to realise their potential, to vote and to understand that they can make a difference.
...if we were all just humans, in it together, with no subconcsious bias towards gender? Told a male friend of mine I'd joined WEP, his answer...."Are you vegan now?"..... #wordsfailme
I am a competitive powerlifting - a world which is massively male dominated and yet it manages to be very equal in it's treatment and valuing of both men and women. And yet I look around in the workplace and I don't see this. On top of this - I've just read Stephen Bayley's article in The Telegraph bemoaning the loss of full nudity in Playboy (how sad!). If I wasn't already a WEP member I would be running screaming into the arms of the party!
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.
It is time that there is some positive discrimination towards women. WE represent more than half the population, yet there are hardly any of us in the top tiers in politics, CEO's, managerial positions,etc.... And it's not because we lack talent, it's because men unconsciously promote other men. The worst is a lot of men don't think that inequality exists, and that is even worse than the male chauvinists!
Women's progress has been uneven and there is still a long way to go. But I was 18 in 1966, and remember what society was actually like for women in the swinging Sixties. Trust me, you wouldn't want things to go back to how they were then.