The Universities Minster David Willetts is under fire from opposition MP's and women's groups after claiming that feminism had been the main obstacle to social mobility.
But Willetts has hit back, alleging that his comments were taken out of context.
"Feminism has had many beneficial effects on British society", he stated, "including the creation of many thousands of jobs.
Going back to the Suffragette movement in the early 20th century, the first real boost to police numbers occurred when civil disorder was being created by these troublemakers".
The Minister also credited feminists with bringing about a massive expansion in bureaucracy.
"Thanks to these ladies determined efforts to get the vote, a large tier of local government was created just to cope with the increased numbers on the electoral role.
"And, of course, let's not forget the millions of mainly male employees recruited to administer the wages and pensions of the fairer sex.
"Yes, we men have much to thank the opposite gender for".