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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
WE must do something NOW for us, for our children, for their children.
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.
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!
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.
Only then can we begin to challenge the ingrained cultural acceptance of deprecation towards women.
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.
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.
I think that ordinary women can bring a stabilising influence into the political mix. Let our voices rise above what is deemed the norm and create a safer and more equal society where we can all prosper.
I've been a feminist since the late 60's, when a lecturer at university said that women didn't deserve or need to be there. So things have changed but not enough! I don't have a daughter, but I owe it to my son, that women should have confidence and self belief and independence. - it's much better for men too.