Gender quotas in Mexico not reducing quality of female political candidates
A new study examining the impact of a series of gender quotas passed by Mexico to ensure equal representation in government shows no drop in the qualifications of women in office after two election cycles, and also refutes the widely held perception that women rely on personal connections more than men to get elected.
Very interesting. Quotas is another area where I would like to gather some evidence, because I’m very much in favour of quotas, as well as ‘token’ women. The argument against them is that you must necessarily lower the quality of hires (or candidates for election) if you insist on quotas for diversity, but that’s neither logically not actually true. It comes from an assumption that all women candidates are under-qualified, not that the people shortlisting haven’t tried hard enough to find qualified candidates.
The interesting thing about this study is that it shows that although quality did dip early on after quotas, it’s because people listing the candidates were being lazy and just chucking any women they could onto the ballot, rather than doing the hard work of finding good candidates. That is a glitch that can be and was fixed with appropriate rule changes.