Executive gender gap may come to quotas in Europe

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Ms. Lind argued that women in corporate boardrooms tend to make their companies more economically stable.

“What we know is that in companies where there are more females in management and in boards, there is less risk-taking, there are lower bonuses. …” she said. “This is good for business, the financial sector.”

Ms. Sommers strongly disagreed. She said that the EU’s boardroom quota plan has the potential to increase gender prejudice in the workplace and divide management.

“This is going to be devastating to the business environment in Europe. It’s so wrong on so many levels,” said Ms. Sommers. She predicted that the ultimate result would be a “two-tier system of corporate leadership.”

“Men will be chosen because of their value to the company and women simply because they are women. And they’re going to bear the stigma of special treatment.”

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