Isn’t it offending to ask such questions as “Does your woman really need a job?” in view of the fact that already facing the global economic crisis, women face increased difficulties and discrimination while applying for a job, since employers tend to hire more men than women for obvious reasons that existed for years.
Moreover, statements such as “The time has come to build a more sustainable, equitable (sic) and progressive society” while we are still struggling to close the pay gap between men and women (see the graph). This pay gap is not because women, as cynics claim, are more likely to take lower paid jobs, with flexible hours, or because they lack sufficient education to make them fit for high demanding job. Let’s face it, the literacy rates between men and women across the world is converging, particularly in Europe, where the difference sometimes is insignificant (see the excel file attached on literacy rates across 6 randomly chosen European countries).
The explanation for low paid jobs could be explained that women, probably, tend to ask for a pay rise more rarely than men do and that they are more prone to devote more hours while working in their households. Hence, I definetly disagree with all arguments that try to defend higher pay for men on the grounds of effectiveness or "rationality".