Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Women don't need help this way

Although the "30% of the decision makers within corporations must be women" policy sounds politically correct, it is not. Fundamentally, it implies that women need help, and that they are incapable of competing head-on with males.

Any policy that is not based on merits carries with it some degree of favoritism, creating an unfair advantage for certain group of people. Affirmative actions are sometimes necessary to give a little support to people (often minority) that really fall behind, but affirmative actions must not be permanent. There must be a clear, measurable goal, which serves as the exit criteria to end those unfair policies.

What really needs to be done is to empower certain governmental units to serve as watchdog to scrutinize companies everywhere. If a company exhibits discrimination based on gender, or religion or race or sexual orientation (okay, maybe we are not there yet), lawsuits should be launched. In the United States, Justice Department and ACLU play such role.

Law cannot dictate how a company should utilize its resources in the most effective way. This is a question of management. Law should just ensure that everyone is born equal.

No, I don't want to tell my daughter that she might stand a higher chance of getting a promotion because she is a girl. I would tell her it's a cruel world out there, very imperfect, often dominated by men, and she needs to work extra hard to make it to the top. And she can.


Blogger steve tan said...

Sorry old law, your comment was accidentally removed

9/14/2011 6:10 PM  

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