Women Quota: Bad, Bad Idea

FEATURE_YenYen_GlassCeilingIn past years government bodies have become louder and louder about women quota. An often-heard goal is to have ‘40% of boardroom members to be female’. The European Commission states in their definition of a quota:

The quota-instrument is a positive measure that establishes a fixed percentage or number for the representation of a specific category of persons.

To me, that sounds very suspicious – without any argumentation it is somehow deemed to be positive. Regardless, countries are following up. For instance, Germany is set to introduce legislation that will require German firms to allot 30 per cent of their non-executive board seats to women from 2016. But why? Why do we want 30% or 40%,  or even 50% of boardroom members to be female? There can be 2 reasons:

  1. Having more women in boardrooms would be fairer
  2. Having more women in boardrooms would be better

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