Boardroom quotas only way to push women to the top

Introducing boardroom quotas in all British companies is the only way to push females – whether they’re in jobs in London or elsewhere in the UK – to the top, according to Frances O’Grady, the TUC’s first female general secretary.

Speaking to independent.co.uk, she explained that females still need help in order to reach the heady heights their male counterparts are on – some of whom haven’t gotten there “on merit”, O’Grady claimed.

Although prime minister David Cameron isn’t in favour of quotas, despite being all for increasing female involvement across British boards, O’Grady believes it’s the only way forward. “I support quotas,” she exclaimed, adding that it may help reduce the chances of the ‘who you know, not what you know’ mentality being the deciding factor in boardroom inclusion.

She also tackled those women who have publicly opposed the idea of quotas, adding: “I suspect some of the successful women who oppose them are just terrified of the idea of women being judged of having got into a position of power through extra help. I sympathise with that.”

Not everyone agrees with O’Grady though, as a spokeswoman for Deloitte Middle East, Rana Ghandour Salhab, said only “qualified” people – regardless of their gender – should make it into boardroom.

She told thenational.ae that quotas aren’t a good idea for the same reason O’Grady made reference to – that women may then feel they’ve only made it to the top due to their gender.

by Deborah Bates on December 28, 2012

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