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How I came to found the Women’s Equality party

An off-the-cuff remark has led to a political movement

By Catherine Mayer  

Harriet Harman in Labour's pink election campaign bus, 2015 © Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/PA Images

“That pink bus! Oh my god, the pink bus!” Back in March 2015, I was in a café waiting to watch a panel at the Southbank’s Women of the World festival (WOW). A group of women at the next table were discussing the bus that Labour Party deputy leader Harriet Harman had dispatched across the UK ahead of the general election in a mission to engage female voters. The intention was noble but it was hard to get past the pinkness,…

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