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#womensstories: What a year of leading Britain’s first feminist political party has taught me - @sophierunning

“[H]ow it feels to be totally, blissfully liberated from Britain’s male, white, traditional political agenda and to feel the power of feminism as a political force again.”
- Sophie Walker (@WEP_uk)

Sophie Walker in the telegraph today.

At the start of 2015 I made a different New Year’s resolution: not to set myself any huge and impossible goals, but instead to set about changing the things I could.

At the end of 2015 I have realised that changing the things I can – practically, one by one – is the way to make impossible goals possible.

  • This year I realised that I had the right not only to withhold my vote from every political party that failed to consider my needs, but the power to make them want it back.
  • This year I realised that the message sent by all of the other political parties in Britain - that equality is just really, really hard to do, so I have to wait – isn’t true.
  • This year I realised how it feels to be totally, blissfully liberated from Britain’s male, white, traditional political agenda and to feel the power of feminism as a political force again.
  • This year I helped to build a new political party for those who are fed up of living with inequality; who are fed up of being told that their needs will be considered just as soon as x and y and z have been sorted out; who are fed up of being squeezed at birth into tiny, tiny little pigeonholes that limit their options according to their gender because people in government and business haven’t got the imagination to do things any other way.

The new party I helped to build is called the Women’s Equality Party. And WE are having the time of our lives.

It’s been hard work, though. The political system in Britain is based on money, tradition and who you know - and it’s all held together by lots and lots of red tape.

Source and read the rest: the telegraph.

Aside: it’s ridiculous that this piece is in the “lifestyle” section of the telegraph (which features “food and drink, "wellbeing”, “beauty” and “gardening”). Way to trivialise women’s achievements and experiences - put them in the section where you would expect to find cupcake recipes and 100s of pointers on “shedding those Xmas pounds!” There are several important pieces by and about women in that section but that’s not what you’d think from its title. Unsurprisingly, Cameron, Putin and Obama’s write-ups are not in the lifestyle section. We couldn’t be putting the proper stuff in there, lads.