Farage extreme comments: Mothers "worth less" to businesses

Women with families are “worth less” to businesses than men, which is why there is a gender pay gap, Nigel Farage has said.

He added women who were “prepared to sacrifice the family life” can do as well as men.

The UKIP leader made the shocking comments at a question and answer session about the European Union. Farage, who worked in the City for almost 20 years, denied there was a problem with sexism.

He said women make “different choices” to men for “biological reasons”.

“A woman who has a client base, has a child and takes two or three years off - she is worth far less to her employer when she comes back than when she went away because that client base won’t be stuck as rigidly to her portfolio.

“I don’t believe that in the big banks and brokerage houses and Lloyds of London and everyone else in the City, I do not believe there is any discrimination against women at all.

“I think young, able women that are prepared to sacrifice the family life and stick with their career will do as well if not better than men.”

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman dismissed his comments as “rubbish”.

Speaking to Sky News she said: “To see a row of men sitting there and one of them saying that women are worth less to their employers than men are and it’s because they take time off to look  after children, I think is absolute rubbish.

“There is not a single business or public service in this country which would still have the lights on if women weren’t there at work.”

 

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