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‘Mompreneur’ comments diminish role of working women – Boylan

4 April, 2017 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has expressed concerns for her MEP colleague Brian Hayes’ political radar, after the Fine Gael MEP called on the European Commission and EU Member States to promote the term ‘mompreneurs’ to describe women entrepreneurs in rural areas.

Lynn Boylan said:

“Brian, as we know, revels in the media spotlight, but this attempt to rebrand women in business is as unnecessary as it is cringeworthy. I note Sean Kelly also put his name to Hayes’ daft amendment, although their female colleagues had more sense. 

“’Mompreneur’ is the sort of dumbed down terminology I would expect from an imported US reality series.  

“It only serves to diminish the contribution of half the population to the economy. Women in work do not need witty descriptors; they need political action on equal pay, the pension gap, paid maternity leave, childcare, and discrimination in the workplace.

“In my view, Brian Hayes needs to reassess how he views women in the workplace if this initiative is the best support he can think of.

“Thankfully, Liadh Ní Riada has already taken him to task on this from the Parliament floor in Strasbourg and his amendment was voted down.

“Before Brian starts ‘mansplaining’ what he intended, I would suggest that he spend less time in his Brussels bubble and understand that, whatever his motives, this kind of patronising terminology is unacceptable.” 

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