#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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To be inclusive of women across the whole of our life cycles, including time spent mothering

It's now vital that invisible work - particularly care work - isn't ignored in our democratic system as it's part of the human condition. Also, it's unbelievable in this day and age that women and men tend to not have a VOICE when caregiving. And that we are not valued for this work/role (or whatever we want to call the time devoted to it) and rewarded fairly, rather than penalised in allowances, welfare and household tax. The focus is too much on how to move people on from care, into different roles in an increasingly consumerist society, where GDP depends on selling services, outsourcing even the care of people we love, young and old. WE must rise above this and challenge the notion that human beings are capital. In a truly progressive, intelligent world we should be valuing care itself for the enormous contribution it makes, socially, economically, educationally, to communities, to family lives, to our children, to our relationships with one another. From birth until the end stages of our lives, when more and more people rely on being cared for - hopefully with respect and empathy, with time and love. For too long we've not properly recognised that caregiving is key to human survival, happiness, prosperity (etc) and just as important as other aspects of life we fight for. It follows that mothering is worth fighting to protect. Frankly the alternative is unthinkable and will impact on everyone's lives as the economy sucks up people's time into more 'measurable' activities that count on someone's balance sheet, but which has little to do with building more secure lives for greater numbers of people.

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sexism is deeply engrained in society

sexism is deeply engrained in society, any endeavour to dig it out and put it to shame must be applauded. I hate to say it but women are also part of the problem, the language they use, the opinions they support are as sexist against their sisters as their male counterparts. Our WHOLE society is predisposed to sexism. Its going to be a long hard task, we need patience and we need to point out sexism whenever we encounter it, whether its a female saying that another woman has 'Got herself pregnant again' (that would be a miracle in itself) to 'She only got that job because she slept with her boss' These phrases undermine the whole of female society and we must become aware of them if we are to truly start to move forward. Lets stop trying to 'fit in' with the male environment, appeasing them in order to make our lives easier. It hasn't worked, its not going to work. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy, productive and satisfying life no matter which corner of the globe you reside.

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I'm bored of pretending that we already have societal fairness

Too many women are scared, embarrassed, ashamed to talk about the problems or injustice that they feel about being a women in this society. It is seen as dramatic, ungrateful or even worse due to our menstruation. I think we need politicians that will stand up as women for women's issues; as opposed to the women that, yes, whilst physically are women, only focus on and promote a male agenda. Yet equality is not necessarily fair. We need to reassess the characteristics that we as a society value- emotion is not weaker than rationality, being a caregiver is not lesser than being a CEO. Everyone has something to offer and we need a party that realises this.

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Women's equality is hundreds of years overdue.

I'm 71 and I think I probably first identified myself as a feminist in my early teens, when I realised that all I was expected to do was to get married and have children. I've replaced men in several jobs, including farm work and banking, and been paid much less than the men who were sacked. I've been sexually assaulted - when I went to court the magistrates bound me over to keep the peace and fined my attacker less than a local poacher was fined for stealing a pheasant. When I had an interior decorating business, a male client ignored me and addressed all his questions to my male employee, who replied "You'll have to ask the boss." "Where is he then?" the client asked. "She's here," said my employee, pointing at me. As a supply teacher I was patronised by a 13-year-old boy in a woodwork class, who refused to accept what I told him, saying "Women can't do woodwork." And so on... Altogether, I've been pretty pissed off about inequality.

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Be the change you want to see in the world.

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To reduce discrimination against women both in the UK and globally

As a mother of three daughters, I would like to ensure that they do not have to suffer any inequality in opportunities, pay or respect from others in the workplace compared with their male counterparts. In addition, I would hope that WE could highlight and support all those women around the world who suffer discrimination within their societies and fight for world wide access to education for women , opportunities for work and the abolition of slavery.

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I am WE because I want to equality for us all - women died to give us the vote !

I want parity in the workplace. I want to see older women like me properly represented in the Media and in advertising as well. I want to see young boys taught that girls are not porn stars and dont want to treated like the women that they [ the boys ] see on line. I am not a feminist just a woman who feels that it is absolutely time that we spoke out GOOD AND LOUD about the injustices I see everyday around me. I know that many men feel the same way.

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The Contemporary inequality of women.

In our contemporary society why are women still subordinated to the patriarchal structure of society? This includes all women of alk clours and creed Women are still expected to run a household, be primary caregiver to their children and provide an income at home. We are still in the workplace in an under valued way in both political and economic al terms. Many women have no education or political representation or control over their sexual health. Why is this still allowed in the twenty first century?

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For my daughter, and for me

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I am WE because too many women suffer.

I want all women to know that they have a voice and can stand up against domestic, emotional and physical abuse. New laws need to be supported by women for women to stop men having the financial and physical control that they have always had.

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I am WE because there is inequality and it is wrong.

WE must do something NOW for us, for our children, for their children.

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Mothers who want time out of the workforce to care for children are neglected by policy

I have joined as a founding member and contributed to policy in the parenting issue. I did so because I believe that any political party speaking for women cannot speak for all women if the validity of mothers wishing to take time out of the workforce to care for their families is not taken on board. No political party is representing those women. Not one. It is important that WEP does so. I have argued for care to be more valued, for the issue of care provided by a parent rather than commercial provider to be adequately supported and much more. I am a writer, blogger, former lawyer and law reporter and I have been politically active and interested from a young age when taken on marches by my trade union activist and labour party parents. I wrote a political pamphlet on the issue of mothers, which has been distributed far and wide online and which has been sent to MPs of the main parties and policymakers. The failure of society to value women when what they do is mothering is one of the most neglected feminist issues we face. I will be speaking about this issue at the Feminism in London Conference in October. I will also be addressing Global Women Strike's Conference. I ask that WEP does not become WEEP - Women Employees Equality Party. I ask that the party take a radical view, pushing for the reshaping of what we value, how we support mothers on reentry to the workplace at the time that suits her (pay to match what she would have received without time out/ pension rights readjusted to compensate for the work she did when she cared for her own children/ reinstatement and increase in child benefit / rebalancing the tax system so that single earner families are not taxed thousands more for the same income received by dual earners but split / ensuring that no woman is rendered at the mercy of a partner simply by virtue of her wishing to care for her children / pursuing the funding of retraining for mothers seeking to reenter the workforce... There is so much out there - so much neglected by mainstream political parties - and a wealth of feminist literature, academic work and popular work about motherwork, feminist economics and the ethic of care. A woman's place is wherever she wants to be. That must be honoured - and to support only the idea of equality as 'the same' or '50/50 split work/home' is not what all women want at all times of their lives. A mother's place must be where she wants to be. Make that happen. I look forward to working with you to make that happen. I blog on HuffPost (Vanessa Olorenshaw), twitter @VOlorenshaw, and blog on https://politicsofmothering.wordpress.com/ My pamphlet Politics of Mothering is available on amazon or for free in PDF download from my blog. I am currently writing a book, for which I have a publisher. I have included references to my experiences in the WEP so far, and the struggle to get care by mothers heard, recognised, valued and respected. I am highly passionate about women's rights. I am a feminist. I want to promote this party, work with this party and support the fight for fairness and justice for women. Equality is just the first step.

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We are continually written out of history and we must do more to stop this happening.

I am sick and tired of women being written out of history, from television shows to the national curriculum, there are so many instances when the female contribution to political or artistic movements and scientific inventions have simply been removed from story to the point where it is now truly frightening how little people know about the significant, sometimes revolutionary, contributions made by women in this world. I can't bear it and want to help change it!

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I want to see the contribution of lesbians and bisexual women acknowledged and celebrated.

Lesbians and bisexual women are too often rendered invisible, within the LGBT community, visibility = white gay men, within the feminist struggles of the 1970's, feminist = white heterosexual women. Time for a change, please. It would be nice to see WE not try to sideline in their language their lesbian and bisexual sisters, stepping up to support.

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There needs to be drastic intervention in politics and business to give women equal representation

Only then can we begin to challenge the ingrained cultural acceptance of deprecation towards women.

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Supporting the status, advancement, and equality of women and girls around the world.

I am a member of Soroptimist International here in the UK, and this fits perfectly with our programme of action to support, campaign and advocate for the improved advancement, status and equality of women and girls around the world.

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I expected in the seventies that we would be equal by now. I'm disappointed.

I thought when I was young and bought Spare Rib that women would soon have an equal say in the government of this country and equality in the workplace, but we are still being judged mainly by our looks, what we wear and our voices and seen as secondary. We are still getting less power and pay than men and less say in the arts. I hope this party can help to change this.

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Every deserves the opportunity to be what they want in society!

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