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The Polish MEP who said women should earn less than men has been suspended without pay


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During the March 1st European Parliament debate on the gender pay gap, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a radical right-winger and leader of a marginal party, said: “Of course women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent.”

In response, the Polish MEP has been suspended from parliamentary activities for ten days, stripped of his daily allowance for 30 days, and banned from representing the legislature for a year.

The European Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani, stated that he “will not tolerate such behaviour” and added, “by offending all women, [Korwin-Mikke] has displayed contempt for our most fundamental values.”

In the original footage of the debate, Spanish socialist MEP Iratxe Garcia Perez responded to Mr Korwin-Mikke’s bias words: “According to what you're saying and your theory I wouldn't have the right to be here as a member of parliament… I know you're very upset and very concerned about the fact we women can represent citizens on an equal footing with you… I think I need to defend European women against men like you.”

74-year-old Korwin-Mikke was interviewed by Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain and said in his own defence: “By the way, a shorter man earns less than a tall man. The blonde earns more than a brunette. They are different and it should not be equalised.”

Lead image by Piotr Drabik.

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