by Marni Soupcoff
Gender equity has become an obsession in Western societies. The latest country to attempt to legislate it into existence is France, where a pending bill would require all companies listed on the Paris stock exchange to ensure that 50% of their board members are women.
It’s not a question of whether women and men are the same. Given all the advances that have been made in neuroscience, psychology and child development, few people still cling to the simplistic notion that if we dropped all our social prejudices, males and females would end up developing exactly the same way.
If we understand and admit that there are meaningful inherent differences between the sexes, we should be comfortable with differences in the distribution of men and women amongst different professions, right? If only it were that simple.