#WeAreWE - Women's Equality

#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.

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My story

My name is Emily, and I am a feminist. My journey to embracing feminism began in my teenage years, although the seeds were planted much earlier. Growing up, I was always a curious and observant child. I noticed that the roles assigned to men and women in my family were starkly different. My father, a kind and hardworking man, was the breadwinner, while my mother, equally hardworking, managed the household and cared for my siblings and me. Despite her tireless efforts, her work was often undervalued, and she rarely received recognition for the sacrifices she made. This disparity puzzled me, even as a young girl. As I entered high school, I started to experience gender discrimination firsthand. I was an excellent student, particularly strong in mathematics and science. However, I noticed that my male peers were often encouraged more by teachers and given more opportunities to excel in these fields. I was told, both subtly and overtly, that these subjects were not for girls. This only fueled my determination to prove them wrong, but it also sparked a deep sense of injustice within me. The pivotal moment came during my freshman year of college. I enrolled in a sociology course that explored various social justice issues, including gender inequality. The professor, a passionate feminist herself, introduced us to the works of pioneering feminists such as Gloria Steinem, bell hooks, and Simone de Beauvoir. Their writings resonated with me on a profound level. I realized that my personal experiences were part of a much larger systemic issue that affected women globally. One day, after a particularly engaging lecture on the history of women's rights movements, I decided to visit the local women's center on campus. There, I met a diverse group of women who shared their stories and struggles. Their experiences mirrored my own and were even more severe in some cases. We bonded over our shared desire for equality and justice, and I felt an overwhelming sense of solidarity. I began to actively participate in feminist activities, from organizing campus events to attending rallies and protests. The more I learned about the various facets of feminism, the more my passion grew. I realized that feminism is not just about advocating for women's rights but also about challenging and dismantling all forms of oppression, whether based on race, class, sexual orientation, or gender identity. My journey has not been without challenges. I have faced backlash and criticism, even from those close to me. Some people accuse me of being too radical or believe that feminism is no longer necessary in today's world. But I have also received immense support and have seen the positive impact of our efforts, both on an individual and societal level. Today, I am a proud feminist activist and writer. I use my voice to advocate for equality and to educate others about the importance of feminism. My story is one of many, and I am continually inspired by the resilience and strength of the women around me. Feminism has given me a sense of purpose and a community that I cherish deeply. I am committed to continuing the fight for a world where everyone, regardless of gender, can live with dignity, respect, and equal opportunities.

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Change through positivity

I want to be out in the world changing it for the better through positivity. I am WE because equality is a no brainer, it benefits everyone. Girl power is a force for good and a move to the future. I joined this party for every woman who came before me who paved the way to the freedoms I have today and for every person in the future to make sure they have it even better, no matter what religion, what race, what sexual orinentaion or even what gender.

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For the good women and men who give a damn about each other and our society.

Lift her to her pedestal

She hops and steps with grace

Lift her to her pedestal

My hands set her in place

I know they’re rough, and I’m no lord

I’ve got no handsome face

But God built me to help her, see

In that there’s no disgrace

If I don’t lift her, then I’m stuck

With no-one to adore

You’ll think me silly, saying that,

That’s what good men are for

I set her on her pedestal

Just like They said to do

“She’s made for that”, the Goddess said

“Where she can gaze

 

At you”

...For my son who who wanted to play with Lego no matter what I offered. For my daughter who didn't like dolls but loved pink. Wishing the Party the tenacity to achieve the success it deserves, and hoping it will always take individual diversity into account alongside equality for the sexes. Cheers to you all, Love Geeger

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Because inequality is scandalous and self-defeating

At work, at home, out socialising, all the time, I see women doing brilliant things, offering incredible opinions, starting and then tending wonderfully constructive relationships, creating organisations and slowly but surely changing the world for the better. Yet everyday I feel incredible frustration when I see my female friends and colleagues being patronised, ignored and overridden. For a forward-thinking, peaceful, prosperous and progressive world, I believe we need women involved, speaking and leading. For some reason that hasn't happened yet but by joining WE, I want to play a part in changing it.

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I had a supportive environment throughout my career, now I want to ensure everyone else does too

I've been lucky having friends, families, teachers and employers who supported me in my dream to become a mechanical engineer and then a consultant. I was always encouraged to believe that my gender was irrelevant to my career ambitions and personal life choices. Sadly, I see that not everyone has this supportive environment and I want to create a world where opportunity is equally accessible for everyone.

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End sexism in schools

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.

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So I have more power and knowledge!

and so that my future sons and daughters will be shocked and staggered at the inequality that exists in our time.

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I am WE

because, as well as being a Socialist who believes in equality for all, I specifically am a feminist who believes in full gender equality

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Are WE like me?

I don't want to fight for anything, I don't want to smash anything, I'm not angry... I don't have any daughters that I want to protect or make a better world for. It's really shouldn't have to be that difficult - inequality just doesn't make sense in an intelligent society.

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Because I was Wrong

I remember sitting in my high school history class, and my teacher, Beth Starichino, desperately trying to encourage me to join a Women’s Rights organization. At the time, I was stupid and claimed that women had equal rights, at least in the western world. I’ll never forget the look on her face, when she said, “when you’re older, you’ll think differently.” At the time, I laughed, the way any sixteen year girl that got good grades and had a sense of entitlement would laugh at such a statement, having no clue what discrimination looked like, either as a woman or as a person with a disability. I’m joining the Women’s Equality Party because it’s taken me sixteen years to to admit to myself, to the world, to her, that’s she’s right. It’s taken me sixteen years to admit that there’s something wrong when co-workers call me irrational just because I stand up for my ideas. There is something wrong when the boy I’m dating calls me ‘a proud woman’ and says it like it’s a bad thing. There is something wrong in this world where we can not find a reasonable way to provide new mothers with affordable childcare, where a woman still has to make a decision whether or not to chase her own dreams in the career of her choosing or to be a mom. Where girls at the age of twelve or thirteen would rather be pretty than smart, and where it has been scientifically proven that if a man behaves one way, he is called assertive, but if a woman behaves the same way, she is called a bitch. I joined the Women’s Equality Party in the UK because I want to make history and make sure that for the next generation, when they talk about equal rights between the genders, they can say that this fight is over, and the teacher will agree that they are right.

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Collective action works. Proud to be part of 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.

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It's time to reset the balance

The glass ceiling makes my blood boil. I've lost jobs due to my sexuality and my gender in the Armed Forces and the Private Sector. Boys will be Boys? Not in my world. No girl or woman should have to deal with what I have seen and been subjected too. The culture of our society needs to change, and I hope that the WEP is a vehicle for that to happen.

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I want equal chances and equal respect

Don't see it in society. The few female lecturers at my university aren't considered as good academics as their male colleagues; sexual violence and rape is a problem that disproportionately affects women not only in my context but across the globe; there's huge pressure on women in today's society to look a certain way and wear the right things; if you don't have a career you're a scrounger, but if you don't have kids you're selfish. It's all too much.

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We need to keep these issues on the agenda and at the forefront of any changes in our society

Women are not a minority group so let's stop being treated as such. Everyone, whatever their status, should be treated with respect as we all contribute to society. Unfortunately some voices are heard more than others so well done to WE for trying to address this.

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