Women’s Equality Party: time for change

Sandi Toksvig. Sophie Walker, Catherine Mayer

The Women’s Equality Party (WE) 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.

WEP logoEquality for women isn’t a women’s issue. When women fulfil their potential, everyone benefits. Equality means better politics, a more vibrant economy, a workforce that draws on the talents of the whole population and a society at ease with itself.

The Women’s Equality Party is working towards such a society.

  • WE are pushing for equal representation in politics, business, industry and throughout working life.
  • WE expect equal pay for equal work and will look for ways to tackle the existing imbalances that leave many women, such as those who are unpaid caregivers or in low paid jobs, especially vulnerable.
  • WE are pressing for equal parenting and caregiving enabling everyone to share opportunity and responsibility in the workplace and at home.
  • WE urge an education system that creates opportunities for all children and an understanding of why this matters.
  • WE aim to address the ways in which the portrayal of women in the media impedes progress towards equality.
  • WE seek an end to violence against women and recognise physical and sexual violence as a public health problem.
The women who started the Women's Equality Party

Sandi Toksvig. Sophie Walker, Catherine Mayer

The Women’s Equality Party was co-founded by author and journalist Catherine Mayer and broadcaster and author Sandi Toksvig, and its leader is Sophie Walker, a Reuters journalist and blogger, marathon runner and autism campaigner. She says of her wish to lead the party that “a lifetime of experiences made me want to do this’. I realised the other day that I’m having exactly the same conversations with my friends that my mother was having with her friends in the Seventies. I look at my daughters (age 13 and 6) and think I really don’t want them to be the third generation having those conversations.”

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In May 2016 WE stood in our very first election campaign – fielding candidates in Glasgow, Lothian, South Wales Central and London, with Sophie Walker running for Mayor. In total, across all 4 areas, WE won 352,322 votes.

Sophie Walker scoped an impressive 5.2% of the total votes in the London Mayoral race, beating George Galloway and following close on the heels of UKIP’s 6.6 percent. With both first and second rounds counted, Sophie won 251,775 votes – that’s 1 in 20 of every person who voted in the London Mayoral election.

Now WE is holding the current government to account, with campaigns such as #100daysofMay, pressing our new prime minister on six key issues affecting women.

WE held our very first conference in November, where members and supporters will come together to help shape the party’s vision for a post Brexit UK with equality at its core.

If you believe women’s equality is something all should aspire to, you can find out more about joining the party here.

WE’d love to have you!

About Deborah Granville

I’m an event planner and blogger based in London. I started life as a covers band singer, progressed to the Bar, then to the voluntary sector, whilst bringing up two children and a dog. I’ve run all kinds of events, from large balls to small receptions. I’m co-chair of my local branch of the Women’s Equality Party and have recently published my first book, Fabulous Functions for the Faint-Hearted.