It has recently been reported that EU Commissioners — those un-elected and unaccountable bureaucrats from Brussels who dictate large segments of national legislation — are attempting to impose “women quotas” on the boards of directors of companies across the EU. The proposals, which are now scheduled for debate in November, would require European companies to ensure that a minimum of 40% of their directors are female or else face hefty fines for non-compliance.
Exactly what a company is expected to do if there just aren’t enough qualified female applicants is as yet unclear. Cease trading and declare bankruptcy? Offer sex changes to its male directors? Drag in women off the street and appoint them to senior positions irrespective of their ability to do the job, just to meet the quota? Given the current state of the economy one might think that encouraging effective business leadership would be more of a priority, but clearly no financial meltdown is severe enough to distract the female supremacists from their campaign to turn the world into the Wimmin’s Gendercratic Republic of Herland, where the mere status of being born with a vagina is an automatic VIP pass for special legal privileges and protections.
The call for allocation quotas — sometimes whitewashed as “positive discrimination”, “affirmative action” or various other slimy euphemisms — is a staple of the politically correct faux-liberal elite and their inane notion that you can fight inequality by introducing more inequality. These are often the same retards who want to censor the far-right in order to “fight fascism”, criminalise pornography and prostitution to “protect women”, and outlaw any criticism of religion as “hate speech”, which gives a pretty good idea of how illiberal and authoritarian their policies actually are. Under the guise of promoting fairness and justice, these people champion a brave new world where important principles like personal choice, freedom of expression and equality before the law are casually tossed aside in favour of artificially engineered cultural conformity; a sanitised, micro-managed nanny state where only the correct opinions and behaviours are permitted and every organisation must have the correct demographic composition.
Even if we accept the gender warriors’ dogmatic belief that the lack of women in company boardrooms is clear evidence of patriarchal oppression, a remedy based on quotas is not only impractical — companies can neither forcibly recruit women nor manufacture them out of thin air — but also actively harmful to its own stated goal of combating discrimination. If female leaders are not already respected, then treating them as invalids who cannot function without special support is just going to make the situation a whole lot worse, and will encourage people to think of them as tokens employed to satisfy a legal requirement rather than because they are competent to do the job in their own right. Trying to eliminate sexist attitudes by imposing quotas is like trying to eliminate bullying by forcing bullies to invite their victims to the Christmas party.
And all that is assuming that a gender imbalance in senior management actually matters in the first place. If there are indeed qualified and capable women who are being held back from the top jobs by discrimination then that is unfortunate for them, but its impact on the rest of society is minimal (unless one subscribes to the silly romantic fantasy that female managers offer some “unique feminine insight” which companies are missing out on). There are 500 million people in the EU, and the closest most of them will ever get to a company boardroom is watching The Apprentice, which makes expending legislative effort on this issue rather a poor use of resources. By all means go into schools and try to persuade young women to do something more valuable with their lives than pouting into cameras or cranking out babies (and good luck with that), but don’t waste time with useless grandstanding and feeble proposals which wouldn’t pass muster in a high school debating society. Quotas are not a solution to anything other than loony-left guilt.