Posted by: samramsey97 | January 15, 2019

Gender-based quotas?

I found our discussion of gender-based quotas and class very interesting. Last semester, I wrote my senior seminar paper on female labor force participation (LFPR) in India and its potential drivers. The paper examined the necessity of increased female LFPR, as women are important contributors and stakeholders in an economy. One of the policy recommendations that I listed out was gender-based hiring quotas in different working sectors across India. Though new to their economy, India has witnessed some success with this method in increasing female LFPR and decreasing gender wage gaps. Though this initiative has worked for India, I don’t think it would have the same effects in America. Affirmative action has encountered quite a bit of controversy already in America. Instead of implementing gender-based quotas, a more effective way to invest in the success of female education would be through specific programs, grants, scholarships, etc. aimed at increasing female’s opportunity towards becoming more successful in their fields and attaining leadership positions. Basing female success off increased merit and opportunity, versus just holding a certain title, will ensure that women will actually be able to work effectively and prosper within their fields.


  1. I definitely agree with your perspective on women in the workforce/working opportunity for women!! I think that, rather than requiring groups to hire a certain number of women (which could potentially result in the hiring of a woman who is unqualified or not fit for the position in order to meet quota), it would be more prudent and efficient for women to have more opportunities to earn those jobs on their own. In my opinion, it would erase the possibility of a female employee thinking that she is there just because she is a woman.

  2. I agree that this gender quota system may not work in America. If a company had to hire a certain number of females, I feel like they would be ridiculed for “not actually earning the job” but merely getting the job to fulfill the quota system. Although a good idea in theory, I see too many problems to support a gender quota system for our economy. As Emily mentioned above, one way to erase the possible critiques that would arise from a quota system would be to create more opportunities for women to earn these positions based on qualifications. I believe integrating grants and scholarships would be largely beneficial because each woman who applied would still be in competition with others and therefore the recipient would truly have won the scholarship based on qualifications.
    I also believe one of the most powerful things we can do is to educate society. I think if more people knew the facts that were presented in the “Glass Cliff” reading and powerpoint, there would be a greater initiative to higher women / people would be more open to female leaders. However I think educating at a university level is not enough, because even though we are the next generation, there is still the older generations in power and if we do not change their mindset, then we will have to wait decades until we have enough credibility to change and fix any misrepresentation.

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