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Merkel faces down challenge over female exec quota. Men need to engage in the gender equality debate. End gender imbalance in research.

Merkel Set to Defeat SPD in Women Quota Vote After Giving Ground Businessweek Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition is poised to defeat an opposition-led parliamentary motion on setting quotas for women on German company boards, a vote that threatened to split her party in an election year. Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc …

Merkel faces down challenge over female exec quota GlobalPost “Whether this turnaround on the quota issue will now send female voters in droves to the CDU may be doubted,” it said, suggesting it was about von der Leyen positioning herself for the post-Merkel era. Merkel’s junior coalition partners, the pro …

Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen (right), supports a fixed gender quota, while Family Minister Kristina Schröder (left), who is officially responsible for the issue, supports a voluntary quota.


Gender Quota Vote Tests German Coalition
Spiegel Online
He made it clear that he expects her to adhere to the party position later this week in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, and vote against a draft law that would implement a gender quota for women on executive boards. It would be unacceptable for …

Men need to engage in the workplace gender equality debate, says Sandberg CNN — Women have long dominated the heated discussion around gender equality. But one silent group not engaging in the conversation is men, says Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. What’s more, in her new bestseller “Lean In,” Sandberg …

Call to redouble efforts to end gender imbalance in research Science Business After ten years of policy initiatives – and despite female graduates outnumbering males – the EU is far from gender equality in R&D. “This is regretful for women researchers and bad for Europe,” says Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire …

Sir Menzies Campbell: political party selection panels are anti-women The Guardian Sir Menzies Campbell, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, accused activists in local associations – of all parties – of being biased against women when choosing parliamentary candidates. Speaking during a special edition of the BBC’s Question …

Women feel completely out of touch with the working world 11 months after …  Daily Mail ‘With Nick Clegg announcing the need for shared parenting responsibilities, it’s evident that most women take sole responsibility for raising their families ultimately giving up work. ‘While some mums may make this choice, we need to ensure those who …

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