US Election Time
Today is the day for general elections in the US. Usually dominated by Republicans and Democrats, today Women’s Equality Party is putting on a fight in New York. Supported by the likes of Anna Wintour, WEP candidates stand for equality. You know, if the name wasn’t a giveaway. It all started in Albany with the Women’s Equal Act bill. Amidst arguments inside the party the bill didn’t go through, but they’re back stronger than ever in New York. Their spokeswoman is Christine Quinn – a former NYC council speaker. Quinn has teamed up with the governor of New York, Andrew Cumo, to make sure equality issues are taken seriously at these elections. ‘It’s 2014, not 1914. Women’s equality shouldn’t be up for debate,’ is their slogan. And indeed – it should. The party – well, candidates really, as they’re not an official party – is largely made up of men. Eight out of 10 participants are men. OK, this might be a bit humorous. But, it shows this isn’t a women’s issue – it’s a humanitarian issue, and men are as important in this move as women. We say move, because we agree – it shouldn’t be a debate. WEP will need 50,000 votes to secure their place in future ballots. They have seen support from celebrities and citizens alike, but we’ll only know after the vote. Perhaps one of the reasons these smaller, specialist parties if you will, don’t succeed is that the platform revolves around one issue. An important one no doubt, but it’s difficult to pull in the voters. Regardless – the number of men involved is proof that equality isn’t just something those in the minority care for. Whatever the outcome, the presence of WEP is a step in the right direction.