My Election Statement...
Is she still banging on about Gender Equality? YES, I am! Because in this tough industry, women members, minority ethnic, disabled and LGBTQ have even tougher times trying to build careers. "Banging on" has produced better equality in leading television roles, improved gender parity in casting, promised monitoring, recognition of diversity's commercial value and awareness of ageism affecting men earlier now.
I've always "banged on" - about readable end-credits; strengthening committees and branches; bad casting practices; about my pride in the huge efforts Equity is making on difficult issues - fair pay; Arts funding; backing the BBC; improving job opportunities; strengthening contracts; empowering our exploited young.
As President, joining forces with PIPA, ERA50/50, Sphinx, Tonic, Act For Change, inspired by Geena Davis Institute, I will build on work I lead through the International Federation of Actors, to revolutionise industry attitudes to members' needs and rights, ‘mainstreaming’ equality into every union activity.
Make me your President!! I'll continue banging on in defence of Equity members whoever, wherever. Continue to be a thorn in the side of any oppressive thinking.
We should do more to make Equality a reality... and I believe we can!
(This list includes actor, variety, voiceover, stage management, designer, theatre director, standup, singer and dancer members)
* = Names on published list of 40 supporters
*Julia Carson Sims
Jo Cameron Brown
Peter Hannan Sharp