Eliane Vogel-Polsky

"In Europe, […] there is a long tradition of excluding women and their interests from public life. This situation is not just a serious attack on women’s political rights but also constitutes an enormous waste of human resources that affects the whole society."

Eliane Vogel Polsky (Ghent, July 5 1926 – Brussels, November 13 2015) was a professor and a lawyer. She was a courageous supporter of article 119 (concerning equal pay for men and women) of the Treaty of Rome. Eliane submitted the famous ‘Affaire Defrenne’ to the Court of Justice of the European Communities. In 1976, the Court recognised officially the direct applicability of article 119 on equal pay.