Feminist boardrooms in Norway

Scandinavian social democracy keeps rolling on: Norway sets 40% female quota for boardrooms. Publicly-owned companies have to comply in one year, privately-owned ones in three. The quotas expand the 40% rule for government posts that has existed since the Norwegians got their first female prime minister in 1981, a lady who has since become the crackpot director of the World Health Organization (for more on her, see her views on the the world’s most important health challenges). One interesting fact the article mentions in support of the demand: women now constitute 60% of university students in Norway. A demonstration of equality, I suppose.
Posted by Jim Kalb at August 02, 2002 10:06 AM | Send

Staggering. At present women are seven percent of board members in Norway. So this law is requiring an overnight radical change in the makeup of corporate boards.

Posted by: Lawrence Auster on August 2, 2002 12:15 PM

In Europe they do this kind of thing. Another example would the new French requirement that parties field 50% female candidates ( http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/934/context/archive ).

Posted by: Jim Kalb on August 2, 2002 2:17 PM
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