"By recognizing the diversity of the talents of men and women and ensuring gender equality, we can achieve a fairer, more prosperous society in Europe. This is something the European Commission is fighting for, but we also have to lead by example. That is why one of my responsibilities is to make sure that women represent 40% of the Commission's senior and middle management by the end of my mandate."
"Women in politics are inspiring, decisive and motivated. They do not need to be given professional advantage in the name of gender balance – they get high positions because they are able to hold a position, because they are wise and passionate leaders, strategic thinkers and balanced decision-makers."