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Monday, 13 January 2020 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Gender pay gap (debate)

  Danuta Maria Hübner (PPE). – Madam President, when Europe needs to renew its unity and look beyond the horizon, maintaining the gender pay gap is not only unjust to women, but also anachronistic. It insults women as full—fledged members of society. When the brightest women earn less than their male colleagues, it also reduces Europe’s chances in global competition. To make our labour market fit for the 21st century, we must get rid of the famous 16% differential. Also, the fact that today women are better educated does not mean that in the future the labour market will be more woman friendly.

Girls are not encouraged by families, schools, universities or businesses to learn skills in new technologies. The pay gap can grow in the future. As a gender stereotype, the pay gap is a cost to the entire society. That is why I am convinced that this House will spare no effort to support the Commission action to ensure that the gender pay gap will be abolished entirely.

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