Should there be a quota for women in the work force?
Fortune 500 companies in the U.S, in 2011 had only fifteen female CEOs. Despite the U.S.A. being a developed country, the number of women in senior positions in workplaces remains alarmingly low. And the same goes for a number of other countries as well. Despite women getting education, their progress often gets stunted by the gender bias which some workplaces have. Of course there are many other reasons as well for the women ratio to be less in senior positions. Lot of women drop out at different stages of their career to give more priority to family.
The problem lies in the skewered perception which most people have, about women bringing down the performance standards, or about women not being able to be as productive as men. Catalyst begs to disagree. It says that contrary to the mass gender bias, companies with women at the helm actually end up performing much better. This is the reason behind the EU Commission asking 27 member states to have quotas for women at workplaces. The logic behind this is not just based on increased productivity, but it is also based on the premise that women getting the chance to fight it out in the upper layers of the workforce will help create a better society where women will not be degraded as being not as capable as men.
If women can get political representation, and that is justified, then women should also get economic representation, and if a quota had to be implemented to make the former possible, then the same should be kept for the latter. This is not to say that a woman without qualifications will be taken in for a position only on account of her gender. This is based on the premise that many women have these qualifications, which may be the same as, or even better than those of the men, and that these women should get a fair chance of proving themselves worthy of the position.
Especially in the case of government jobs, women should get a work quota because if women are getting the chance to be a part of the legislative, women should also get an equal share of positions in the executive section. More women in government jobs will make the executive section a less patriarchal, male-dominated domain. Women will be represented more throughout the country, and in all spheres.
We must remember the objective of a quota: It is to aid those who have had unfair chances in a particular field, and it is to make sure that the society remains as egalitarian as possible. It is prudent that women get workplace quotas, especially for government jobs, in order to balance the dominance of men in the economy. Private organizations should also be conscious of the women ratio in their work and take concrete steps in improving the ratio and make it as balanced as possible and have a very safe and friendly work environment for women and men as well.
One may protest against the representation of women at the work front on the grounds that in the current era, men and women should be made to stand on level-grounds in order to be chosen for a particular work-position, however, this leads to conveniently forgetting the fact that women generally face a lot of bias when they apply for a job position. While women do get jobs at various workplaces, men are often chosen over women, for the better positions, on account of the misguided, chauvinistic belief that the men will be able to handle it better than a woman despite having similar qualifications. The other bigger biased belief which is a woman's curse is that by default it is her responsibility to take care of children and the house chores, hence she cannot manage the office work front as well as men. With such biases working against women, it is only fair to have some quota for women to balance the scales.