Donald Trump’s win in the US election helped Women’s Equality Party goal by making it easier to achieve,
said Sophie Walker, the leader of the women’s party.
When the party’s first conference opened in Manchester the leader of the party told the BBC that the president’s win was “sad”,
but meant they could “stop discussing whether sexism actually exists”.
The party has 6 key objectives that it wants to be fulfilled.
The party’s conference takes place all weekend.
About 1,500 of its 65,000 members and registered supporters are expected to attend speeches and debates.
When she was asked what she thought of Mr Trump win against Hillary Clinton to the White House, Ms Walker said:
“It was a vote to say misogyny doesn’t matter, racism doesn’t matter, sexism doesn’t matter.”
She said Mr Trump claimed to be anti-establishment but “is about as establishment as it gets”.
“The idea that this person who lives in a gold-plated penthouse is representing the masses is ludicrous,” she added.
The Women’s Equality Party wants:
Equality in representation for women in politics, business, industry.
Equal pay and equality in parenting, also equal education for women.
Same treatment of women in and by the media, and to stop the violence against women.
In the London Mayoral election in May, the party polled a quarter of a million first or
second preference votes and pushed for policies such as a gender pay audit at City Hall.
She was questioned what was the point of her party when the UK has a female prime minister and Scotland has a woman first minister,
Ms Walker retaliated saying her party was pushing for the needs women identified through campaigns like the What Women Want initiative.
“We have been hearing loud and clear from thousands of women who are still asking for equal pay,
still asking for affordable childcare, still asking for fair pensions, why none of these things appear
to be important enough for mainstream Westminster politics,” she said.
“Thousands of women say ‘I did this survey 20 years ago’. They are still asking for those things and
are really angry that they are still asking for those things.”
She said an Autumn Statement that invested in infrastructure spending, largely “men’s jobs”,
meant it was “more important than ever” to get women into the construction industry.
And she wanted to “bust this myth that a quota system (for leading jobs in industry and business)
means bringing in random people”.
“You’ve got to be able to find all the brilliant women who are capable of doing these very demanding and important jobs,
who never get the option,” she said.