General Article Gender quotas in Britain

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By Katie Anderson and Hannah Thompson

Almost half of Brits (45%) disagree with the idea of introducing female quotas on the boards of London Stock Exchange companies, our poll has found.

  • 45% do not support quotas to get more women onto the boards of large financial companies.
  • 30% agree with gender quotas, while a further 25% aren’t sure either way.
  • 57% of men think that having minimum quotas of women on London Stock Exchange companies isn’t a good idea (21% support quotas).
  • Compared to a third (33%) of women who oppose the measures (and 38% who support the idea).

The issue of gender quotas has been a subject for renewed discussion in the past few weeks, as a Government inquiry into male boardroom dominance has recommended that FTSE 100 companies aim for a 25% female boardroom presence by 2015. The report stopped short of advising in favour of compulsory quotas, however.

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