Women in general are smaller, weaker and less intelligent than men and as such should be paid less than their male co-workers, controversial Polish member of the European Parliament Janusz Korwin-Mikke claimed during a debate on gender pay gap.
During the late evening debate in Brussels on Wednesday, Korwin-Mikke claimed that women, since they are “smaller, weaker and less intelligent” than men, should earn less.
In a bizarre attempt to justify his point, Korwin-Mikke stated that there are no women among the top 100 chess players. – Do you know which was the place in the Polish theoretical physics Olympiad, the first place of women, of girls? I can tell you: 800th. Do you know how many women are in the first 100 chess players? I can tell you: not one -, Korwin-Mikke stated.
Causing outrage among MEPs, Spanish socialist MEP Iratxe Garcia Perez slammed Korwin-Mikke by stating that she was in Parliament to defend European women against men like him. – According to your theory I wouldn’t have the right to be here as a member of parliament. I know you are upset and concerned about the fact women can represent citizens in Parliament. I am here to defend European women against men like you -, Perez said.
This was not the first time Korwin-Mikke sparked outrage in the European Parliament. In 2015, he was suspended from Parliament after giving a Nazi salute and shouting “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Ticket”, in response to an idea of a uniform EU transport ticket system.