"In Europe, women and men should have the same rights under the same conditions to take care of a family and develop their professional careers."
"The point of policy is not to be right, but to be right after all."
"Equal opportunities for men and women are in the first place a matter of fairness. It is unacceptable that someone's chances in life depend on his or her gender. But there is also a pragmatic argument: if we do not give equal opportunities to women, we spoil half of the available talents. Our society can simply not afford that."