Why gender quotas in the boardroom are bad for women

03/14/2010 | Economist (free content), The

New laws would force European companies to elbow aside male directors to bring more women into the boardroom. But this plan is bad news for all concerned, The Economist argues, as there simply aren't enough women available with director-level experience to fill those jobs on such short deadlines. "The best way to increase the number of women on boards is to ensure that more women gain the right experience further down the corporate hierarchy. That may be a slower process than imposing a quota, but it is also likely to be a more meaningful and effective one," The Economist argues.

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