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.
It's taken me until my late twenties to recognise the huge problems caused by gender inequality, both on an individual and a societal level - and now I've opened my eyes, I see it everywhere. As I approach the years when people generally begin settling down and having children, I'm suddenly very aware of how differently men and women get treated, and the huge impact this has on women's lives. It's not right, and I don't want my future to be impeded just because I'm a woman, while the men around me exceed me in all aspects of public life. As a teenager, I was in an abusive relationship with a man who repeatedly beat and raped me. Looking back, I see this as a result of a misogynistic society that failed to teach young people about consent, that failed to teach boys and men that it's wrong to abuse women, that failed to teach me, as a woman, that I was worth more than the treatment I was receiving, that failed to help me when I needed it most. It breaks my heart to think there are naive young women and teenagers out there now going through what I went through, and I don't see any signs that society has moved forward or is doing much to prevent it.
Ah....people...Looking at humanity, I realise that I might have very high expectations for how other humans should behave. don't be an A**hole, that's the basic rule, and our world system is like a giant anus. Come on... Women's equality is a no-brainer, absolutely no arguments can be made against a fair and equal society, let's do this thing! I do my part to help for the environment, sensible politics, freedom to be happy and unrepressed and equality! It's important to lead by example and not be all talk and no action, so this is my way of actually doing something about this mess. I'm so happy this is happening in the UK, I hope one day this party can spread to my native switzerland and make a difference there. It's needed.
A proud woman, 24 years old, journalist and presenter. I believe society is structured in such a way that women cannot fully prosper, because it's foundations are built by the patriarchy. We need to address the grassroots and re-root the foundations if we want to break glass ceilings; or rather create better ones!
Female, Mother of 2, Wife, Employee ... but overall a human being. ALL human beings should be treated equally.
Women take fewer risks which could badly affect them and their families. We are the world's carers whose voices are not heard. These are the voices of reason, of balance. We have been repressed for centuries and I condemn women who do not vote in elections - shame on you. Women need to work together but more importantly we have to be supportive of each other and deal with petty jealousies, bullying and spiteful gloating towards other women. Until we are on each other's' sides we will not succeed, don't forget the Tory party is built on the old boys network.
But then I realised that the patriarchy had just got better at disguising inequality and belittling those who stood against it. I will not rest until women are proportionally represented in the House of Commons and House of Lords, not just the 22% we have currently. Until female CEOs head more than just 5% of the UKs top 100 largest companies. Until the culture of victim blaming is abolished and more than 1% of rapists are bought to justice. So that my nieces and future female generations can grow up in a safer, fairer world, not one where they are objectified and treated purely as an ornament.
I just happen to be female, I want equality for all. Why should that bother some people? The fact that inequality still exists should give everybody cause for concern. Let's move this thing forward. Together we can achieve so much.
and I want him to grow up in a society that values everyone equally regardless of gender. I have found becoming a parent has not mellowed me - it has made me more aware of inequalities in our society, more aware these inequalities should not exist and ever more aware if we want the next generation to live in a fairer society, we are the ones to do something about it! So I am all for a party that looks to address some of these inequalities, whether that be gay rights, equal opportunities for BAME members of society or (in this case) equal opportunities for women. Fantastic idea that I can't wait to hear more about!
Its not possible to be complacent about women's rights. Things have come a long way but in some respect the status of women in this world has never been more precarious and unequal. Those of us who are fortunate to have benefitted from the improvements in our rights must now help those still struggling to get even the most basic of rights.
Mother of 2 young women and 2 young men in their mid twenties I am only too aware how much more needs to be achieved for equality to become a reality.
I have been in a women's group since we demonstrated at Greenham common. I have 2 daughters and a son and watching my daughters as adults and see that too many of the same restrictions apply to them now as did to me in th 60s . I feel that, in many ways, our society is moving backwards with its equality not forwards.
I am the daughter of a single mother, who is the daughter of a single mother. They're two of the strongest people I know, and I want to live in a country where women with that kind of strength are applauded and not ridiculed, rewarded and not punished. I want to live in a country where I can go home late at night, drunk with a short skirt on and get home safely. I want to live in a country that questions the morals of the attacker and not the woman that was attacked. I want live in a country where I have the same opportunities as the person next me, no matter what. But mostly I just want to live in a country where theses issues aren't issues.
As long as we have a society with luke warm attitudes to domestic violence and sexual abuse we have a big problem. I doubt we will ever stop some men from being predatory but we can certainly change the cultures and structures that enable them to abuse without consequence. Women are rendered vulnerable by lack of earning/borrowing power, childcare, mobility, gendered notions of womanhood and a wide range of intersecting oppressions. Without a women's equality party electoral promises to women are just bribes for the female vote.
My niece was born about this time last year, and a few months later I saw the article in The Guardian about how it would take another 70 years to close the gender pay gap. This prompted me to look into other gender issues and I realised that I didn't want my niece to grow up in this world where women are still treated as second class citizens. I got angry, mostly at myself. Angry that I had just accepted gender inequality and not done anything to try and change it. I don't want my niece to grow up the same. I started to hear talk of WE and I knew that I had to join, that I had to get involved. So I did
A while ago I wrote The Women's History of the World to give life to our age-old struggle for equality, and I am thrilled to be a part of this new initiative of WE at its beginning. All we need is a few good men and women working together to turn the wheel of history in favour of fairness for all, and the time has come!
I'm sick and tired of having to work twice as hard.I don't want this for my daughter, my nieces. Time to be genuinely equal. Celebrate diversity of course. But level the field.
Plucked up the courage to talk on the radio this morning to share the news about the first Somerset Branch launch event. Hope it will bring more people along and hopefully encourage others to start branches up for all those people out there in Somerset and yet over 30 miles away. If you want to listen it was Radio Somerset Breakfast Show at 8.48 am.
Sice I was a teen the ajority of my friends were boys I guess I found them easier to manage than girls, much more simple relationships. At the age of 30i became a mother now that was an eye opening experience! It really made me feel the inequality encompassing my new life. But, the most important thing that happened was the awakening of the woman in me, a proper strong, boobs out (arf) woman. I also needed women around me, there support and strong bond that being mothers had created in my friends. Women need each other. So I embrace motherhood,I embrace my friends, feminism and everything that goes along with being a woman.