The debate about quotas

Women in Capital Markets | January 03, 2017
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Summary of the Gender and the Economy Research Roundtable
Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto
December 2016
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The gender equality challenge

Quotas

What are the pros and cons of quotas? If you do impose quotas, how can you avoid the pitfalls? If you don't use quotas, how can you make enough progress?

Policy makers and organizations have been working toward achieving gender diversity for many decades, but progress has been slow and is perhaps even stagnating. Because of this sluggish progress toward gender equality, organizations and policy makers are increasingly considering the possibility of implementing quotas, particularly at the level of board directors, to achieve gender parity.

Recently, leading scholars gathered to debate this question during the Gender and the Economy Research Roundtable held at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Panelists presented their research-based arguments for and against quotas as an important and useful tool for achieving gender equality in the workforce. Here is a summary of the main arguments made in the debate.

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Research

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