#WElaunch: on Tuesday 20th October 2015. Because equality is better for everyone.

#WElaunch: on Tuesday 20th October 2015. Because equality is better for everyone.

It’s been great to see how much press the newly minted Women’s Equality party has been getting in recent weeks, with calls for Parliamentary quotas to get us to a 50:50 male/female balanced House of Commons within ten years.

#WEP logoPlus I like the very robust rebuttal from party leader Sophie Walker, in response to “suggestions” that this approach could challenge the concept of merit.

Quoted in the Guardian, Walker says, in response to traditional criticism that quotas could be unfair on male candidates and unmeritocratic:

“Which quotas are you referring to? Are you referring to the quotas we are suggesting here, or are you referring the centuries-old, unlegislated quotas that have meant men have had an unfair institutional advantage for centuries? To me, those are quotas – it’s just they are not written down in law. That makes them much more invidious.”

Walker addressed the argument that quotas allow in mediocre people by saying: “A system in which you are fishing in a small pool of people who all look and sound alike is more likely to create mediocrity than if you break it open to the huge diversity in our country. We have 30 million women in the country; I think it’s highly unlikely you would struggle to find 325 brilliant ones to become MPs.”

And look at how much momentum the party is gaining;  WE now has 45,000 members and supporters across 65 branches, compared with UKIP’s most recent claim to have “more than 40,000” members and the Green party’s 65,000.

Today sees the party launch its policy document,  which will show and share how WE proposes to tackle its aims of equality in politics, business, education, pay, parenting and the media, as well as an end to violence against women.

You can download the policy paper here and here’s some footage of the launch event:

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