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Schröder for gradual quota for women execs

The Local · 4 Feb 2011, 08:40

Published: 04 Feb 2011 08:40 GMT+01:00

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According to the plan, large companies would have the next two years to voluntarily increase the number of women in leadership positions. But if numbers don’t triple by 2013, then a law enforcing the responsibility to do so would be enforced, Schröder explained.

In the past, voluntary commitments by companies have made progress, but not enough, she said.

“Now we need more liability, but without setting a uniform quota by the state,” she told daily Passauer Neue Presse.

The conservative minister also welcomed a suggestion by Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle to form a pact with economic associations to improve the situation for women in companies.

“It goes right along with my graduated plan,” she said.

On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel had ruled out a mandatory quota, effectively ending an internal debate within her party on the subject.

Through her spokesman Steffen Seibert, Merkel said there would be “no legally obligatory quota,” because such a regulation was unenforceable. However she put the business community on notice that it must work harder to raise the number of women in top jobs.

A recent survey by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), found that just 2.2 percent of leadership positions at Germany's top 100 companies are women - only 11 out of 490.

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Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party had been locked in a debate on the matter this week after Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Family and Social Affairs Minister Kristina Schröder locked horns publicly on the issue of a mandatory quota.

Von der Leyen favoured a mandatory quota of 30 percent women on company boards and in executive positions. Schröder said she was also in favour of a quota but insisted it must be voluntary.


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09:12 February 4, 2011 by auniquecorn
Family Minister Kristina Schröder said she was still pushing a graduated (scheme) to achieve the same ends.

scheme is a figure of speech that changes the normal arrangement of words in a sentence's structure.

Mainly to decieve.
09:25 February 4, 2011 by steve_glienicke
I really do wish they would knock this stupid idea on it's head, forcing companies to do this could impact the lives of ordinary working people, if the company has to employ someone because of there gender and not there abilities and that person is not good enough to build or sustain a business, it could effect the work force with job losses, i'm in no way saying a man can do the job better, i'm saying in 100% of cases the employment of any position should be based only on the persons ability to complete the job requirement, surely it is sexual disrimination in itself if only one sex or the other is allowed to apply for a job? and un-ethical to allow interviews to both men and women, knowing all the time they will have to employ a woman for the job!

So come on, equality for everyone, based only on abilities, sexual equality is a 2 way street Miss Schröder!
10:46 February 4, 2011 by Kayak
@steve_glienicke; I belive that you display in your comment a complete ignorance of the experience of discrimination. I would guess that you are both white and male. Perhaps, it's passed due time for you to look beyond the tip of your nose.

The best person for the job MAY BE OVERLOOKED because they are pre-judged as unsuitable BECAUSE they are female or not Caucasian.

Yes, let's have equality for everyone and remove the prejudices with some affirmitive action.
11:07 February 4, 2011 by steve_glienicke

"The best person for the job MAY BE OVERLOOKED because they are pre-judged as unsuitable BECAUSE they are female or not Caucasian"

Your statement is exactly the point i was making!, the person should be judged purely on the ability to do the job,

however forcing companies to employ 30% of women in senior jobs that they MAY NOT be qualified to do is simply not acceptable, a business has a responsibility to its employee's and possibly share holders, they have a right to employ the most capable person regardless of the gender to make them successful.

by the way, in my company i have a very good mixture of both men and women, interviewed and employed by myself, in all cases without exception, i employ based on qualifications, skills, experience and ability to do the job, and never on the basis of gender! TRUE EQUALITY

footnote to you, yes i'm a man, no i'am not white?
12:40 February 4, 2011 by Willissteel
Yeap, keep pushing it baby, but in the same time making sure that the democracy continues to exist, because women rights and democracy tend to go hand in hand. If i'm not miscalculated then you'll have about another 20 of real democracy. So good luck with kicking the men around!
22:18 February 4, 2011 by Deutschguy
@glienicke":"however forcing companies to employ 30% of women in senior jobs that they MAY NOT be qualified to do is simply not acceptable"

Nobody suggested hiring unqualified people. No one. What the current situation suggests is that qualified women were simply not chosen or not specifically recruited.

If corporations do not voluntarily change their percentages, then there should be a quota. And, no, that does not mean hiring unqualified people.

The doors for opportunity have been closed to women in Germany. Time to open them. You can read the sexism in Joseph Ackermann's statement in another article re: women adding 'color and beauty' to companies. That sentiment is sexist. He views women as objects.
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