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France to adopt bill to get more women in the boardroom

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The Globe and Mail published a short article on Jan 22/10 (that I can’t seem to find online) that states France’s lower parliament adopted a bill on January 21st 2010 that will force large companies to allocate at least 40% of their boardroom positions for women, within 6 years.

The Globe reports that companies will have three years to ensure that their board is 20% women and six years to have 40% of their board female.

Norway (2003) and Spain (2007) both have adopted boardroom quotas and Belgium is suspected to going down a similar path soon.

What do you think? Do quota policies attack the roots of inequality or are they too limited in their objective, effecting only a small percentage of women?

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One thought on “France to adopt bill to get more women in the boardroom

  1. As long as women only request quotas in board rooms and parliaments, but not in coal mines or in rubbish collection (http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/quotas-for-women-why-only-in-boardrooms/), it is obvious that this is not about equality, but about a shortcut to success.

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