#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.

Wouldn't it be great if the word Feminism didn't have to exist...

...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

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More equality in powerlifting than work

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!

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Equality

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.

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it's the time to fight unconscious bias

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!

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Not such swinging Sixties

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.

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Inspire confidence in girls and boys

There are so many reasons that I am WE, but when I think about it most of them stem back to confidence, or lack of. I want WE to help girls and boys grow into confident women and men, in a society where they feel able to be who and what they want to be. WE can help to change the social structure that constrains both sexes in education and work, through to media and fashion. Despite popular rhetoric to the contrary, we don't live in a post-feminist society and WE is here to remind us of this. I want to keep pushing for equality so that my children are free to be themselves, and are inspired and confident enough to challenge the world around them and keep pushing the boundaries, so that their children don't have to.

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Equal respect expectations

As a young woman working in investment banking I was never paid the same as the men but I also noted that the men just assumed they were respected, AND WERE, until or unless they blotted their copybook in some way. We women had to earn the respect at each step and level through sheer hard work, innovation, going above and beyond the norm, etc before there was a level of inclusion or possible advancement. Now, 30 years later I see my 30 year old niece reach a level in business where she is getting the same treatment and I have a 17 year old daughter who is highly capable and at this stage believes she can do or be anything she wants. I want to work to ensure they have a genuinely equal chance to do that and don't have to look back and see their daughters still in the same position.

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I am a mother to a son and daughter and diversity and inclusion leader

I have been standing up to achieve fairer organisational change on equality for more than 10 years. I've learnt that to make any change we need to shift societal views, by challenging gender stereotypes and this can only be achieved by greater representation of women in leadership roles in politics, business, media, supporting women with caring responsibilities, campaigning for equality in parenting, shaping a fairer education system to truly address the imbalances that exist across society today. I want to achieve this today for the five generations in the workplace and for tomorrow for our children and the generations to come. I feel in tune with the objectives of WE and was compelled to sign up. The time is now. Join the party!

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Helen. An engineer and a Scientist.

I'm 33. I have a husband and own a house. I have a BSc and a MSc and 10 years experience in the Water Industry. I've worked as an Engineer and as a Scientist. I've always been the bread winner but now I am disabled. It feels like I'm clinging to my job by my fingertips. Why? Because even though its 2015 I'm the only woman amongst 14 men. I took a roundabout route to get here as I was always told well done, you are good at Singing, Dancing and English Lit. No one ever said well done your are good at Maths and Science. I didn't see the constant double standards as I do now. I would like to campaign and do more to encourage young women in Engineering but I work, eat and sleep because that is all my energy allows for. I'm up now finishing a presentation for tomorrow because, when you get down to it I need to out perform the men. To make a point and I shouldn't feel like that. Its from years of hitting attitudes head on. My current team are wonderful but the attitudes are still out there. Feminism is about equality for everyone. We all deserve it. We as a society can do better.

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Media scrutiny

I want to see a world where women in positions of power have their looks unscutinised. Where the media can portray women as positive role models in the eyes of young girls. Where the media stops enforcing gender stereotypes.

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I am committed to women's liberation and socialism in the interests of all men and women.

The women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 70s, now called second wave feminism is where my commitment was initially sparked. I am also committed to ensuring real equality between men and women, not neoliberal individualistic or the 'selfie generation' style equality.

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Because an equal society is a stronger society

And I want my sons to grow up believing in equality and having the courage to practice it because they see how everybody benefits.

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I have supported women's equality since the 1980's .

And am excited it has re-emerged centre stage for this launch .

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I think the world would be a better place if it was run according to a feminine agenda.

Women (and men) are still subject to discrimination if they prioritise family over work - deprivation in the form of monetary hardship and loss of dignity due to lack of respect for the job they are doing. This is because financial support (generally prioritised by men) is given more value in today's world than emotional support (which is generally prioritised by women.) Feminism has a long way to go, as the equality women have gained is assessed through the eyes of men - there is no equality for the feminine approach. A feminine (more caring) approach would also be the best way to address the mental health crisis.

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It is time for a transparent party dedicated to equality of opportunity

British politics is desperately in need of a totally fair and transparent party, supporting a change in balance for women.

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I want to help build a better, fairer and more equal world for my daughter...

...and the millions of others like her. I'm fed up with feeling that I don't have a political voice in any meaningful sense. I want more women in Parliament, representing our half of the electorate, as well as truly equal pay and properly equal opportunities in wider society (and I don't just mean paying lip service). WEP has given me hope that together we can make all this happen. I know it won't materialise all at once, but if we are tenacious and determined, eventually it will. The Suffragette movement got us the vote, now we need to raise their banner again and not lower it again till true equality is a reality. I want women's equality in the UK to become something so natural that our grandchildren (of both sexes) don't even have to discuss it any more. Is that really too much to ask?

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I call myself an equalist simply because feminism is regarded with disdain by some men and women.

And with the advent of more multiculturalism, I am concerned about women's hard-won rights and respect generally for women being maintained as other cultures often have very different views of women than ones that most people on here would subscribe to.

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Women's rights are fragile

The first thing to go when a society is in trouble are women's rights. Historically, hard won rights can be lost in moments, so it is vital that we are vigilant in guarding the rights we have gained so far, while we continue to press for genuine equality. As the grateful beneficiary of the rights that women before me have demanded and won, and as the mother of two young girls, it is imperative that I continue the campaign.

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I am not a feminist but believe strongly in equal rights where possible.

I would like to see a change in some mens attitudes to women. Those attitudes are now very old-fashioned.

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Feminism has achieved much but we're still not there yet.

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