The Women’s Equality Party said that Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential election was a setback for gender equality. “Today we mark a double disaster: America's rejection of what could have been its first female president and those voters' acceptance of misogyny. Because let's be clear, this was a referendum on equality. Donald Trump’s success demonstrates so clearly what women are up against when we try to speak out. When we try to take our rightful place alongside men in politics and in business and in all aspects of public life.”
Republican Donald Trump became the 45th President of the USA winning 279 seats to his rivals 228 as of 9th November 2016*. His victory came after key wins in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
In a statement, the Women’s Equality Party added “His win threatens not only to halt progress for American women, but to dismantle existing rights, such as access to abortions, contraception and sexual health checks. His racist policies and harmful stereotypes threaten to divide us further. We must fight with everything we have to build an alternative future. Because this is not just America's problem. Unless we act now it will become everyone's problem.”
The first ever Women's Equality Party Conference will take place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. For further information, visit www.womensequality.org.uk
* 47 states out of 50 states declared at the time of publication