#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.

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

Because I want an equal society for my kids to grow up in regardless of their gender

When I had daughters as well as a son I saw what I'd stopped noticing; that our society is massively unequal and my children will have different opportunities and societal expectations based not on their abilities but on their gender. I think that #WE can change this.

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Because a male colleagues called a 'scrubber' and said they wanted to kill me!

When I return to work part-time after having a child my career was over. I was sidelined, undermine, bullied and harassed. When I stood up to it all I was ostracised and then selected for redundancy! When I decided to take it further I was not believed! The stress and trauma I endured has had a detrimental affect on my health leaving me with the chronic illness 'Fibromyalgia', thus having an impact on my ability to parent.

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Because I'm tired of receiving letters from local estate agents ...

addressed to my son, and asking if he would like to sell MY house! Have a look at the electoral roll by all means - I don't mind - but some seriously troubling assumptions STILL being made in 2015! #everyday sexism ...

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Because when my daughter asked if me "is fair for girls now?", I had to say "no"

I want my son and daughter to be able to give their children better answers, and I think that #WE can help to make this happen in a way that nothing else has so far.

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Why are we still having to fight for equality?

I've always believed I was equal to anyone, often in the teeth of others' disbelief. Women are a majority of the population, not a special interest group. Injustice and bigotry sicken me - until we achieve equality for all women in the UK (and then the world!) I won't be satisfied. #WE can do that, and I'm not waiting around for it to happen when I can help.

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For equality and fairness.

Finally a party that stands up for women's rights and I want to be part of this for far too long we have sat in the shadows now it's our turn to shine

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Because for the first time a party seemed to be for me

because politics and life can overlook us and miss us out and that is bad for everyone. Because I wanted an inclusive party in politics. Because some people seem confused about feminism and the fact it's good for everyone for women to be seen as equals in life.

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Because representation should not be a struggle

Politics still looks like a boys club, women are still criticised for their looks no matter how they present. LGBT+ people are still marginalised and people of colour still face discrimination on every level. We are all human, we should all be equal. As bell hooks said, feminism is for everybody, so our government and culture should reflect everybody.

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Inequality and the patriarchy impact on women's role in society.

Because I am fed up with people not understanding the continued drive for equality. The patriarchy infiltrates every facet of our society and even when it's seemingly benign it still impacts on how we see women's role in society.

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The struggle has been long, it's time to finish what the Suffragists started.

Despite much advancement women still occupy the lowest paid jobs, are poorly represented in the media, boardrooms and in politics and shoulder the majority of the responsibility for unpaid care work. Gender stereotypes are rife and children are pigeonholed from birth and expected to behave according to limiting gender based expectations. This negatively effects everyone. WE can change this, together, all of us, now!

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For fairness...

I joined because I hope for a better future, equality and fairness for all women.

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This is our best chance to move equality up the political agenda - I'm in, with both feet!

There are still inequalities affecting women which I thought would be gone years ago, apparent in so many aspects of our lives at home, at work, on-line and in our communities. Now feels like the time to stand up and insist that people in power acknowledge and address those inequalities, for the benefit of all genders. "Every day of your life is an opportunity to reverse the long and ugly history of inequality that has dogged our existence since the dawn of time." Tahmima Anam

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Nowhere to place my vote in May

In the run up to the May General Election, I was at home watching the leaders debates and really couldn't decide where to align myself or place my vote. I wished for a party that would put women's rights front and centre, rather than as an after thought or a tag on policy. the wish came true in the form of the Women's Equality Party, and jumped at the chance to set up the first local branch in Edinburgh. I haven't looked back since, and can't wait to see where this important and exciting adventure takes us.

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I jumped at the opportunity

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We are diverse individuals

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.

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Equality just makes sense

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.

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Equality is the answer

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.

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This is only the start...but what a start!

Like many others, I was aware of other countries having political parties which stood for women's equality and in the back of my mind somewhere hoped that it would be only a matter of time before the UK got one too. Also, like many others, the first news I heard was via BBC Radio 4 with the announcement on one day that Sandi was standing down from the News Quiz (sad face) and the following day that reason was she was founding a Women's Equality Party (happy face). I knew instantly that I wanted to get involved and I'm now helping to run my local branch in Southwark!

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I want revolution

Underpaid, undervalued, underrepresented, underprioritised. Understand this: WE will fight for equality until it is won, and won for everyone.

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it's time to give a platform to diverse voices

we need to listen to experiences from across our society, and make sure women aren't cut out of decision making

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