“And of course, women must earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent and they must earn less.”
These are not the words from a medieval overlord but were said by a Polish Member of the European Parliament Janusz Korwin-Mikke, 74, just very recently.
Korwin-Mikke, who represents the remote region of Silesia, made his offensive comments at a late night debate in the Brussels parliament while discussing the gender pay gap in Europe and what the EU can do to mitigate it. To support his ridiculous case, the MEP absurdly pointed out the fact there are no women who make the list of the world’s top 100 chess players.
The conservative politician has been accused of racism previously when he used the derogatory n-word when speaking about unions and minimum wages.
These new comments by the MEP were immediately slammed by S&D MEP Iratxe Garcia Perez from Spain, who replied, “Look, according to your theory, is should not have the right to be here, as a member of this parliament. And I know it hurts you, I know it hurts and worries you that today women can sit in this house and represent European citizens with the same rights as you. I am here to defend all European women from men like you.”
After the debate concluded, EU Commissioner Vera Jouroba added the gender gap was enabled by people like Korwin-Mikke who have a “lack of respect for women.”
Maltese MEP Mirian Dalli and Roberta Metsola were among those who also disapproved of the Polish MEP’s remarks.
#JanuszKorwinMikke I looked for the best chess players and you were not among them,what I'd find was a lot of women better players than you.— Eva Violán (@EvaViolan) March 2, 2017
stupidty effect of Communism still goes on. #JanuszKorwinMikke (From Poland)— n. cumhur (@Bitirinya) March 2, 2017
The lawmaker is now under a hate speech investigation by the EU Parliament, which can result in penalties such as temporary suspension and a fine.
"Such statements clearly fly in the face of the fundamental principles of gender equality in this house," said Gianni Pittella, leader of the parliament's social democratic bloc.