#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.

Tired of adapting to live in "a man's world"

I am in my early 30s and have a had a lifetime of not being able to just be myself. I am a degree qualified and experienced aircraft engineer specialising in aircraft engines, and a fully licenced airline pilot on the Airbus A320 family, which is now my primary career. I have always cared deeply about women's rights and, at long last, a political party has been founded that I can truly and passionately support. My hope is that WEP can raise the general public's consciousness, so each individual considers the equality of women to be a fundamental part of a successful society. Consider pioneers such as Ada Lovelace, imagine that she and her societies sisters had been given a full and equal education and access to all opportunities that men were privileged too, think where our society would be now.

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Equal rights and opportunities is not enough.

equal responsibilities go hand in hand with equal rights freedoms and opportunities, employers still see women as responsible for children and likely to need time off , both create the child - both should be responsible to share the care for example..

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I hope there will be a day that there is no more "something for the 1st time for women".

Congratulations for starting a WE party. This is the first time I have become a member of a party. My background is working for 10 years in the private sector and financial institutions and over 22 years in the public sector, mainly housing and homelessness. I would like to see that WE have a clear policy on educating our girls and boys to have respect for each other and be kind and compassionate human beings; children who have respect for the environment and are against any form of violence at home, outside home and internationally. I hope there will be policies on fairer distribution of income and reduction in the gap between the poorest and the richest in our communities.. Best of luck

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I want women of any age to be able to benefit from enterprise and technology on an equal footing

I was a feminist activist at the LSE in the 70's and have had a career in adult and further education trying to advances women's education and career opportunities. Girls and women are under-represented in technology and enterprise and I believe that together we can tackle this and provide more options for economic independence www.techwomenuk.com @techwomenuk

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I was asked to dumb my CV down as I have too many qualifications to be employed.

I am a well qualified (I have four degrees), articulate and self confident woman who is unemployable. I also have three children and apparently you can't have both a family life and a career. I have applied for lots of part time jobs in my local area but even if I get an interview they tend to say that - this is not the job for me, and that I will get bored. Even an adviser at the job centre suggested that I lie on my CV and lose some of my qualifications as they made me unemployable. Why do I have to dumb myself down to get work???

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I want a family AND a career

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.

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Equality is a fundamental principle

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.

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For L, B and T women

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!

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Still fighting and not giving up!!

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.

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Hard Won Success & Freedoms - long way to go

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!

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I have 3 daughters and I wants the glass ceiling smashed to smithereens

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.

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fairness

All my life I have believed in fairness and clearly this country is not fair though significant progress has been made

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Strong women, rising

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.

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I am not an Invisible Woman

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.

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I want us to be valued and listened too

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.

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