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Wednesday 28 May 2014

Sussex Actress Canvasses For Support To Become First female President Of Equity For 70 Years

Highly acclaimed actress, presenter and Equity member, Jean Rogers, who lives in Chichester, West Sussex, is passionately campaigning to become the first female President of Equity in almost 70 years – there has only ever been one female President and that was 84 years ago.  

Jean Rogers pic by Claire Grogan

With the elections commencing next week, 4th June, Jean is appealing to all members of the UK trade union to vote for her in the upcoming election:

Jean said: "I am standing for the Presidency in the certain knowledge that my supporters want the dynamics of Equity to change. 

"They want a modern, progressive, but especially a united trade union of women and men.  Equity is not a club.  Its members are particularly vulnerable to exploitation.  

"In order to address the pressures of our new technological industry we need a strong united voice.   

"We must resist the temptation to believe we are in competition with each other and celebrate and nurture our diversity.  

"I wholeheartedly believe I have the experience, confidence and understanding to bring this about. ". 

Jean was brought up in Worthing and her grant for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama was from West Sussex Council (Chichester). 

She is also working with Paddy O'Keeffe on a two hander based on the letters between Ellen Terry and George Bernard Shaw. 

Jo Brand said: "I'm supporting Jean Rogers because I think she has a firm grip on what are the important issues in Equity and with an ever changing arena in which Equity members perform, 

"I think Jean will steward the union through challenging times with intelligence and common sense. 

"The other reason I am supporting her is because she gave me ten pounds." 

Jean most recently appeared in Home Sweet Home - a play which explores, celebrates, challenges and stimulates debate about growing older in Britain - this will resume again in September.

Actor Tony Robinson added: "I've known Jean for at least thirty years and have always been a big fan. She's shrewd, tough when she needs to be and is a committed champion of performer's rights."

To find out more about Jean's campaign to become President please visit:

by: Mike Cobley

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